A loan of $1,200 helped to buy four young bulls for grazing.

Mirna Elizabeth's story

Mirna, 40 years of age, did not have the chance to go to school, since where she was living was very affected by the war, and the school was too far away, so she was not sent to school. She is in a relationship and her partner works in agriculture and in the buying and selling of cattle.

She and her husband have five children; only the older is no longer in school, as he does not wish to continue his studies; but the others are still in school. Mirna has been working selling fish, 'turrones' (nougat candy), enchiladas, and other things for some six years. She says that she started the business out of her own resources, and that it was the need to help her husband that made her begin selling; previously she had only helped him with the farming, but one day she thought that it would be better if she was selling.

To buy the fish, she takes a vehicle that drives her to the island, which takes an hour, and then she returns. To sell her products, she goes door to door among her neighbors, taking some seven hours to do so. Sometimes her oldest daughter helps her.

The loan will be used to buy four young bulls for grazing, as the pasture is good and she wants to take advantage of it. The loan will cover the need to buy these animals, as a way of making some money and helping her children move up in the world.

Her dream is to buy five milk cows and in that way to have food for her children. Also, she dreams of her children going to university, as she never had the chance herself. Also, she would like to buy some land to leave a place for each of her children to build a house, as where they currently live is not big enough for all of them. With the money she makes, God willing, she will be able to buy a heifer, so that, little by little, her dream will become a reality.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Meravi

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