A loan of $500 helped to purchase a milk cow..


José Gilberto's story

Don José is 67 years old and lives with his life partner and a granddaughter. Due to the poverty of his parents, who were unable to send him to school, he only finished second grade. He gets up each day at 5am to milk his cows, and afterwards he takes them to pasture, which is about 2 kilometers away. In the afternoon he goes to pick them up, gets them in the corral, and gives them water and a bit of hay. During the day he works cleaning, fertilizing and controlling the insects in his cornfield.

In order to purchase cows, he has to wait for a truck that takes people to the local market. He travels 30 minutes and upon arriving observes many cows all day long until he finds those that he likes. He then completes the deal with the seller, loads the animals on the truck and returns home. The loan that he is requesting from Fundación Campo is to purchase a milk cow. In this way he will increase his number of animals and obtain a better quantity of milk. This will increase his income and provide subsistence for his family as well as satisfaction for the neighbors, since he sells them milk all the time. Don José is planning to buy some cows from among the best milking breeds.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon



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