A loan of $2,850 helped to buy more cattle to raise and diary cows; she will also pay off another loan.

Erika Cristina's story

Erika is an enterprising and dynamic young woman. She was born into a peasant family who found agriculture and cattle raising work to be a good way to earn a living. Thanks to her parents, Erika has been learning this trade since she was a little girl. Now, at 22 years old, Erika makes a living working part-time on a flower farm and she also independently raises cattle. She has dairy cows and raises cattle. She sells her milk to one of her brothers, who has a truck. With this work, Erika earns an income to help her husband with household costs and to support their four children.

Erika is applying for a loan to invest in her business. She will use the money to buy cattle to raise and to buy dairy cows. In addition, she will use some of the loan to pay off another loan. This will allow Erika to increase production and satisfy demand, thus increasing her income from sales.

Erika tells us that her plans for the near future are to continue expanding her business, buying more cattle and taking advantage of the pastures that she has. This will make her business more profitable, and give her a better income and the opportunity to offer her daughter a quality education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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