A loan of $200 helped to buy nutritious feed for her livestock.


Zaida's story

Zaida is 37 and hardworking. She lives with her husband Arturo and their three children, Erick, Jovani, and Roly, in a house they have rented for 20 years. For the past few years, she has raised livestock and owns four milk cows that she carefully tends. Her daily income depends on her animals. She begins the day milking the cows. Since they don't yield enough milk, Zaida and her husband collect milk from the rest of the herd, and then Zaida uses her rented truck to deliver the milk to the main cheese makers in the valley. She says that she sells about 1000 liters of milk daily and that the work is hard but she likes it. Her husband adds earnings as a shoemaker, a profession he learned as a child. Zaida belongs to the communal bank “señoras del milenio” (Women of the Millennium), and this is its 15th loan cycle with MFP. She is thankful that her business and her personal life have been consistently successful. She promises to make her loan payments on time and is happy to belong to her communal bank because they support one another like family. Zaida will use the loan to buy nutritious feed for her livestock.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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