A loan of $350 helped to buy animals such as cows.

Yolanda Del Carmen's story

Yolanda, 41, is a native of Teustepe. She is in a relationship, and she is the mother of two children between the ages of 6 and 10 who are under her care. They are currently attending primary school. She is a farmer by trade who grows corn. She began this activity at a very young age, helping her parents in the fields, gradually acquiring experience and knowledge in the trade. After becoming independent, she began to work in the cultivation of bulk grains because she saw the necessity of generating an income for her family. In her business, she receives support from her partner who helps her to sell her products in the same community. She would like her products to be sold in other places where they pay a better price.

Her expectation is to continue working in her business, although her only difficulty is that some harvests do not go very well and they create losses for the family. However, this is not stopping her from maintaining her business since it is something that she likes to do, and through which she has been able to get ahead. She is requesting this loan to buy animals such as cows. She estimates that with cows, she will be able to sell milk and curds. This way she will be able to yield better earnings to provide maintenance for her lands for harvesting. Her goal is to obtain a better production and better quality of her products to sell them at a better price. Her future plan is to buy around 9 acres of land to continue cultivating so as to get a better income for her family to be able to provide her children with a better education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeremy Orloski

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