A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase five heifers for fattening on pasture.

Gladis Del Carmen's story

Gladis is 43 and the single mother of three children. She only has a fifth-grade education because of her family's poverty, but she has 30 years of experience in raising livestock on pasture and planting corn. Gladis learned to farm from her parents, who didn't know any other way to earn a living.

Gladis takes her herd to pasture each day and then takes care of cleaning, fertilizing, and other the other tasks required to raise an abundant corn crop.

To purchase livestock, Gladis takes a bus that goes through her town and rides it a half-hour to a market, where she spends nearly the entire day looking for the cattle that she wants. After buying them, she takes the cattle back to her ranch in a truck.

Gladis is applying for a loan from the Campo Foundation to purchase five heifers to fatten in pasture. The loan will allow Gladis to increase her herd so that she'll be able to sell cattle more frequently, generating more income that will improve her family's living conditions.

Gladis wants to work very hard, to save, and to build a brick house, as she now lives in an adobe home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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