A loan of $1,500 helped to buy to dairy cows.

Blanca Isabel's story

Blanca is 54 years old. She is in a common-law marriage and has three children, all of whom are older. She sells milk for a living. Every day she buys 30 bottles of milk and then leaves to resell it; she has to walk 8 kilometers daily in order to earn about $5.00 through this buying and reselling of milk. She sells door-to-door. Now that she has customers, her spouse is motivating her to seek funding to be able to satisfy her customers' demand for cheese, cottage cheese, etc.

The loan that she is requesting from Fundación Campo is for the purchase of two dairy cows to produce milk during the rainy season. Her two sons will be responsible for caring for them. Therefore, she will have more milk to sell and she can keep more of her income because she will be making her own product. In addition, it will keep her children busy, since in the area where they live, there is not much of a possibility of becoming employed. Also, she will yield a better income which will allow her to help her children. It will also allow her to help her father, who is 87 years old, can no longer work, and due to an illness, is in a wheelchair; therefore, he needs special care.

In the future, she hopes to produce all of her milk, not having to buy it from any one, and to own more cows. She says that years ago her spouse didn't help very much with home expenses, only spending money on alcohol; however, nowadays he has reconsidered, and he wants to work together with her and says that it's never too late to start.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeremy Orloski

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