A loan of $775 helped to buy a cow.

Mary Luz's story

Twenty-five year old Mary Luz is a hard-working woman. She lives with her husband, Ever, and young son, Paúl, whom she looks after in a rural house that she inherited five years ago. Mary Luz has lived in the country since she was born and she learned to look after and work the land, alongside her parents who were also peasant farmers. Her parents taught her agricultural techniques and how to raise cattle. "At first I only planted various foods, I had a lot of problems which led me to be more cautious. Now I only sow a small amount," she says. These agricultural failings helped her now to work with cattle, particularly raising cows. She has nine of them, which provide the milk she needs to make cheese, her main work. She says that she makes 40 units of cheese per day to sell in the cities of Lima and Huancayo. This helps her to improve her income. Her wish for the future is to increase the number of cows she has so as to produce 300 litres of milk a day and so be able to sell her milk to one of the country's largest processing businesses. She hopes to do this as she has a substantial area of grazing land. This is Mary Luz's first loan with MFP and she is grateful for the support provided. In addition she promises to make her repayments on time. Mary Luz is applying for 2000 Nuevo Soles, which will be invested in buying a new cow, to increase her cattle.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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