Carmen is a 48 year old widow. Her husband died 5 years ago. She has two older children, who moved to other parts of Honduras to find work. That leaves Carmen alone with her 7 year old daughter.
Carmen’s older children live far away and have families of their own. Carmen did not want to depend upon them. So, 3 years ago, she borrowed money from her family to purchase a small pig and a few hens. When the pig grew large enough, she sold it, and with the proceeds, she purchased another 2 pigs. The eggs from the hens were sold to her neighbors.
Shoulder to Shoulder provided a $250 micro-loan to Carmen. With that, she purchased 25 hens. StS buys eggs from Carmen each month, so we can give 20 children “an egg a day.” Carmen would like to purchase more hens, so she can sell the eggs to a local market.
If Carmen could purchase more hens, she could sell more eggs. This would be a great help to her and her daughter.