Juana Godoy, The Farmer

Juana Godoy learned how to farm from her mother, and she started working at age 14. Her 37 years of experience have allowed her to turn every part of an animal into profits: hoofs and bones get turned into animal feed; lard is sold for soap making; intestines become sausage casing. She even rents out her house to complement her income when she’s not busy working at the nearby market or cooking for her husband and six children.

Even so, it wasn’t until Accion Partner Fundación Paraguaya gave Juana a loan that her business took off. With the additional profits, she’s expanded her house and built several rooms to rent. She’s also been able to purchase machinery and a truck to make purchases and deliveries.