A loan of $2,500 helped to buy supplemental feed for his cattle.

Policarpio's story

Policarpio raises cattle to produce milk that he sells to Pil Andina (an industrial milk plant). He lives in his own house with his wife and their children in the community of Chiaruyo, in the Laja district of Los Andes province in the department of La Paz. This is 3 hours from the city of La Paz. Poliarpio has a number of head of an improved breed of cattle who need a lot of care, given the area's weather conditions.

Policarpio needs a loan to buy supplementary feed. This way, he can improve the nutritional status of his cows and their milk production. This feed contains soy husks, a by-product of industrial soy production which is very bulky. It has a high carbohydrate content (75%) and soluble sugars (2%). In the highlands, there is a shortage of available protein, mainly during the dry season (from June through November). This is why it is important to supplement the feed with soybean husks, which provide protein for the cattle.

By purchasing supplementary feed, it mitigates the pressure to expand more land into fodder areas.

Policarpio's dream is to increase his herd of cattle, while maintaining their good health.

This is the third time that he has requested a loan with IMPRO, and the first time with KIVA.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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