A loan of $1,000 helped to buy three heifers that can start producing milk in a year.

Ángel's story

Don Ángel, 40, is married and has four children who are between 20 and 27. He is a humble and hardworking person. He has been growing corn, beans and sorghum since he was a child, taught by his father. He remembers when his father bought him a cuma [a sort of machete used in El Salvador] and taught him how to clean the fields, starting early in the morning and working the whole day. He did not have the opportunity to study, because besides working in the plantations, he had to take care of the livestock his parents had back then.

He decided to start his own family. He has been growing grains and has always dreamed of having his own animals and taking care of them; he has always liked to take care of them. Besides, he gained experience in this activity and received training in cattle farming. With time, he was in charge of the medicine for the animals, in case anyone needed to use it. He also grows corn, beans and sorghum and uses the residues from the harvest to feed his animals during the dry season. He has to come up with good ideas in order to get ahead.

He will use the loan to buy three heifers. He expects that by next year, the will have become productive milk cows. This way he will produce dairy products for his family and to generate an additional income to cover some of their needs.

Don Ángel hopes that, after paying this loan, he can take another one, so he can have more animals of his own and increase his production in order to pay for his children’s education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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