A loan of $1,125 helped to buy a stove and raw ingredients needed to produce arepas (corn patties).

Rubiela's story

Rubiela, 40, is a single mother to 5 children. She learned to work at a young age due to her family's economic situation, and especially as one of her daughters requires extra attention due to a disability. Rubiela has a lot of responsibility, and has been earning a living from various occupations. She currently works in a bakery however the income she receives is not enough to sustain her household, therefore she wants to start a business manufacturing and selling of 'arepas' (corn patties).

To achieve success in her project Rubiela needs to buy a stove and raw ingredients, and also to adapt her kitchen to be a suitable workplace. Her dream is to be able to offer her children the chance of a better education and a better quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Fiona Craig

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