A loan of $1,125 helped to fix her oven.

Claudia Liliana's story

The traditional 'arepa' (cornmeal roll) turned into a business for 37 year-old Claudia Liliana R.. With some savings, the desire to get ahead in life together with her husband and daughter, her two hands and two ovens that somebody loaned her, she started Rikarepa, a family business in which both she and her husband work. In addition, they provide work to two women who are heads of their respective families.

The desire to make progress, provide her daughter with a good education and improve her quality of life are the driving forces which compel Claudia to start work at 3 o'clock in the morning. This is the time that she gets up in order to start her work.

Claudia is currently having a difficult time because one of her ovens became damaged and needs to be fixed so that it can continue working and so that she can continue responding to her customers.

In the future, this entrepreneur hopes to expand her business, buy more ovens, create more jobs and buy a car which will allow her to distribute her arepas to different towns in the south-west of Antioquia.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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