A loan of $350 helped to buy sheep.

Julia's story

Julia is 33, went to school up to grade five, she is married and has four children (three sons ages 14, 7 and 2, and one 5 year old girl). She lives on Pacific Avenue, district of Ilave, El Collao, Puno.

Three years ago she became a member of the “June 24th” community bank, in Alintuyo. At the beginning with $100 she bought 2 high quality sheep, each at $50.

Her mother died when Julia was six, only her father was there for her. At 17, she met her partner and at 20 she started making braid beads made of Alpaca wool, which she sold on Sundays in Ilave at an average of 5 or 6 trencillas at $1.50 or $3 each, depending on their size and quality. Currently she buys and sells sheep.

With this loan of $350, to be repaid in three months, she will buy five sheep at $60 or $70 each depending on their size.

Her biggest dream is to have her own barn in the country (in Alintuyo) to raise good quality sheep and to see her children study and become professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofia Burt

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