A loan of $550 helped to buy pigs to raise in order to sell pork and to acquire larger amounts of ingredients and raw ingredients for the lunches she sells.

Luz Maria's story

Twelve years ago Luz María M. Benítez came from El Carmen de Bolívar to Barranquilla with her spouse and three children seeking peace and economic stability. At first they arrived at a relative’s who helped them out. Later, when her husband got a job as a watchman at a towing site, they moved. In time, her husband’s boss gave them a room that they gradually enlarged and they started their business of raising animals to sell their meat. Today, they are in this line of work and they butcher 60 pigs. Luz María is in charge of this particular task while her husband works at a saw mill where she secured the business of preparing daily lunches there for 35 employees and daily her business grows.

This is the 4th loan with the Foundation and she’s asking for a Kiva loan in the amount of $1.000.000 COP to buy pigs to raise for subsequent pork sales as well as to acquire larger amounts of raw materials and ingredients to prepare the lunches she sells.

The loans have made it possible for her to increase profits and buy a car that she uses in the business. Her dream is focused on buying a house and this is the great challenge she faces: the constant need to save in order to reach it.

However, she learned how to overcome her challenges since she arrived in Barranquilla with only the wish to get ahead, pushed by the need to provide security and wellbeing for her children who were then little. Currently, they are studying and well organized.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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