A loan of $1,000 helped to buy three head of cattle.

Luís Alonso's story

Luis is 49 years old and married. He did not go to school because his parents had scarce financial resources, and they were not able to give him an education. His wife devotes herself to the household chores. However, she does help him with the agricultural work. He has two daughters, ages 26 and 24. They do not live with him.

Luis started working in agriculture when he was 12 years old. At that age his father took him to work growing corn. Upon forming his own household, Luis devotes himself fully to agriculture and livestock. He does this work with his wife and daughters. When they have free time they help Luis with the field work.

Luis will use the loan to buy three head of cattle. His idea is to fatten them in a year and then sell them. With the earnings he gets from this, he will repay his loan and buy some food as sustenance for his household.

Luis dreams of his wife, his daughters, and his grandchildren having a good future. He dreams that they will not experience what he did, and that they become good people.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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