A loan of $800 helped to purchase a bull.

Margarita Francisca's story

Señora Margarita Francisca G. L. is 36 and lives in the town of San Luis, in the district of Salpo, in the province of Otuzco, in the state of La Libertad, Peru. She only studied through elementary school because her father didn't want to support her education any futher. She stayed at home helping her mother take care of her brothers and sisters. She has five children, three of whom depend on her economically. Margarita has bought and sold animals for 14 years. She started off by selling vegetables, but she abandoned this business because she didn't earn a lot of profits. Now she buys and sells cows, pigs, and guinea pigs. At harvest time she also buys and sells cereal and potatoes. She has her business at her home. With her first credit of 300 soles, which she received from the communal bank "Mujeres Trabajadoras" (Hard-Working Women), she invested in the purchase of vegetables to sell. With this credit of 2,500 soles, which will be repaid in 4 months, she will invest in the purchase of a bull. Margarita dreams about buying a taxi. She belongs to the "vaso de leche" program (glass of milk- a nutritional program in Peru) in her area.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper

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