A loan of $500 helped purchase a cow.

Manuel Antonio's story

Manuel is 25 years old and he finished the ninth grade. His significant other works in the house and takes care of their 5 year old daughter who is now attending kindergarten.
He works in agriculture, a skill set he learned from his father. A few years ago he was a day laborer, taking care of other people's herds, but today he has a couple bulls to help him work the land. His milpa (traditionally cultivated farming land) is near to his home and he works in the fields every day from 6-11 am and in the afternoon he does work for the house like collecting and selling firewood. He also cares for his livestock.
The loan he is applying for will be used to purchase a cow with the hopes of being able to breed his small herd. Breeding his animals means that he will have more livestock in the future, hopefully enough to sell, as well as have enough milk to feed his family.
He tells us that working with the livestock, he will be able to earn more money than if he only worked in agriculture. Farming produces more losses than gains because of weather changes and plagues. The high price of agricultural supplies does not help either. His dream is to be able to have a large enough herd of livestock to be able to support his family with this work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor

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