A loan of $800 helped to buy a dairy cow.

Juan Francisco's story

Juan is 40 years old. He only studied through the third grade due to poverty and because he lived in a high-conflict area during the war. He is married, and his wife works as a homemaker. She also helps him with the farm work. They have a daughter, and nobody else lives with their family.

Juan is a natural farmer; he has made a living in this work since he was 10 years old. His father taught him to be a farmer. He is very grateful to his father for this, as well as for teaching him how to take control of his life and to move his family ahead. In addition to farming, he also makes a living raising and caring for the few cows that he owns.

His work day begins at 4:00AM; he gets up at this hour in order to get his cows in order. He then has his coffee and goes out to leave his cows with the caretaker. He then takes advantage of his time and stays working in the corn fields until he returns to home around noon. In the afternoon, he brings his livestock out to the farmyard.

The loan will be invested in the purchase of a dairy cow. His wish is to have ten dairy cows, and for his daughter to move forward in life and have a career. He hopes to pay back his loan and to thereby leave the door open to receive future loans.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace

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