A loan of $1,500 helped to buy cattle.

Iris Sobeida's story

Iris only went to school up to the 2nd grade because her parents didn't have the resources to offer her an education. She adds that the school she was supposed to go to was almost 6 km from where she lives, which made it difficult to get there from her house and vice versa. In addition, her parents didn't have a lot of time to make the daily trip because of their work as day laborers. She is single and only lives with one of her 5 children, who is in the second year of high school. The rest of married and live elsewhere.

She works with cattle. Specifically, she fattens them up to sell at the end of the year. She has almost 20 years' experience, and she learned the trade from her parents. They were farmers and small ranchers and she hasn't lost the tradition. She walks 4 km with the animals to take them to the pasture at 6 in the morning, and returns for them at 4 p.m. to take them home. She does this Monday through Friday, and her son helps her Saturday and Sunday.

Her loan will be used to buy cattle. Due to an illness she suffered, she had to sell her animals to cover her medical costs during her treatment. For that reason, she wants to recuperate and work, as she has always done.

Her dream is to help her son so that he can go to college and see him graduate with whatever major he decides. Also, with the help that has been given to her, she will buy cattle, fatten them and sell them. With this income she will pay off the debt and the rest will help her keep investing in buying more cattle.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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