A loan of $1,175 helped buy a calf and the materials to expand and improve a dairy.

Maria Elena's story

Elena is 50 years old, married, and the mother of six children. Three of them are on their own now, while the three younger ones are still in primary and secondary school and dependent on her. She has made great strides with Fundación Mujer (Women's Foundation), first as a member of Banco Mujer (Women's Bank) where she took out three loans and demonstrated excellent discipline in repayment. This hard-working woman, through her drive, perseverance, and sacrifice, has manage to grow crops as well as breed and raise animals including dairy cows. She launched her farming operations with her first loan, and now she would like to go for a larger sum, which will allow her to make a small dairy farm. She is developing her undertaking on a small piece of land granted by the Institute for Social Welfare. She sells her goods in the farmer's market in the center of the city of Turrialba. Her desire to rise above and continue supporting her family are her main drivers, and her short-term goal is to continue to fund her younger children's studies, and then later on those of her grandchildren.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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