A loan of $5,000 helped make electrical and equipment upgrades in my Venezuelan/Columbian restaurant in Portland, Oregon.


Diana's story

After a tragic accident that took the life of my mother and grandmother in Barranquilla, Colombia, my life began a different path. I was forced to grow up early and learn things that often take other years to master. I started cooking when I was 11 years old, and learned how to survive without having my other 4 siblings close to me. When I completed high school, I made the decision to reunite with my siblings in Caracas, Venezuela.

After a year of adapting to my new environment, I started looking for work; however, I knew that my best opportunity was to work for myself. Since my typing skills were exceptional, I invested in an electrical typewriter and posted an ad in a local newspaper. This allowed me to not only earn some money, but also allowed me the opportunity to create a business that targeted college students who needed a place to complete their school projects. After a year and half, I joined forces with a business partner who was well connected in the computer industry and between the two of us created a company that offered temporary recruitment for the oil industry in the area of software & hardware.



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About Mama Leo's Restaurant

Industry: Food
Years in operation: <6 months
Website: mamaleosrestaurant.com

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