A loan of $1,500 helped to buy four calves to fatten up and then sell.

Ercilia Del Carmen's story

Ercilia, 70, has a spouse and a son. She’s a Salvadoran woman who stands out for her will to work. She’s raised cattle since the age of 10. For her, this is quite normal since her parents did the same thing. Now, she and her life companion have been doing the same thing for a long time. Sometimes she makes tamales to sell but what she likes best is working with the cattle; that’s what’s she’s passionate about.

Being a cattlewoman, she’s also a merchant. She goes to various livestock fairs, the nearest is about 30 kilometers away, and due to the distance she has to leave at 4am so that she can get the cattle at a better price because the later it gets the higher the price goes because they go from owner to owner and every one of them adds a little more percentage to the animal.

The loan she’s asking Fundación Campo for is to buy four calves to fatten up and then sell at a higher price so she can cover her pending expenses. She wants to be able to repay her loan in a good way because she’s grateful to Fundación Campo that supports her when she needs it and at the same time to be able to always generate profits to buy medicine for her life companion who is ill.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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