A loan of $575 helped to buy an electric grinder, grills and corn.

Berta Luz's story

Berta Luz is 59 years old. She is a farmer who was displaced with her family by violence committed by groups of outlaws. Because of this, they live in the town of Yarumal, Colombia. That is where they started a new life. Her husband has been a farmer since he was young and he was able to get a job at a farm where he does agricultural work.

For two years, Berta, at a friend's suggestion, started making arepas to sell door to door. Right now, she produces 200 arepas a day which she distributes to restaurants and cafeterias in her community.

Today she is seeking a loan to buy an electric grinder, which will help her cut down the preparation time and physical effort, as well as to buy grills and corn. Her biggest dream is to make her business into a micro-business so she can create a source of employments and guarantee her four children better educational opportunities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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