A loan of $1,600 helped to buy a dairy cow and to buy wood to fix the roof on her home.

Glendis Lisseth's story

Glendis is 22 years old and currently living with her mother and step-father. Since a young age, she has always done her best to help her mother and so, for this reason, she only completed up until the end of fifth grade at school. Glendis is the eldest of nine siblings and the family is very close. Glendis helps her mother to sell meat in neighbouring communities. She cuts up the meat and also raises pigs on a small scale and owns a cow. With great effort, Glendis has managed o start a small shop in the community. Alongside her mother, Glendis prepare bread on Wednesdays and later sells it in the city and in the communities. Glendis buys merchandise for selling in the nearest city. To get there, she has to walk for 30 minutes and then take a bus.

Glendis is applying for a loan from "Fundación Campo" to buy a dairy cow. The remaining money will be used to invest in buying wood to fix the roof on her home. With this financial help, Glendis will produce dairy products at home, which will help support the household. Repairing the roof will provide Glendis's mother and family with better living conditions.

Glendis's dream is to buy a small plot of land to build her own house as she is four months pregnant and a single mother.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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