A loan of $1,575 helped to buy two milk cows.

José Jesús's story

José is a farmer of 46. He was born into a very humble family who taught him when he was very young to do all the farm chores so that when he was grown he could earn his own livelihood. Thanks to that, he has worked in agriculture for more than 31 years, and he now has plantings of corn, beans, and passion fruit. In addition, he has breeding cattle and produces milk. All the production that he obtains from his different activities is sold to generate sufficient income to pay the expenses of his family, which consists of his wife and two children, ages 8 and 6. With the intention of continuing his activities, he is applying for the support of the loan to buy two milk cows that will replace two animals that are in a period of gestation. Thus he will be able to maintain his level of production so that he will be able to face the challenges that are presented to him because of the high costs of the agricultural supplies that he needs and the low sales price for his products. José says that his principal goal is to expand his production of milk, since he has a lot of available space to have more animals and thus be able to achieve a financial stability that will help him to offer a better future and well-being to his children and his wife.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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