A loan of $550 helped to buy supplies and a fast food cart equipped with a deep-fryer and a griddle.


Luz Marina's story

Luz Marina is 42 years old. She lived in Venezuela for more than 10 years, but due to the economic situation, she returned to Colombia without a job. Her mother (pictured - on the left) sells fried potatoes from a fast food cart in the city of Medellín, Colombia. Luz Maria started out as her assistant, but then she got the opportunity to establish her own business of selling cheese arepas (flatbread that is made from cornmeal and stuffed with various fillings). Luz has been doing this for the past eight months. She says that her biggest advantage is the strategic location of her business, which experiences a high level of foot traffic. This has enabled her to generate more income to sustain her household and provide for the education of her three children. Luz Marina is requesting a loan so that she can buy supplies and a fast food cart with a deep-fryer and a griddle for preparing arepas. Her greatest wish is to gain recognition for her business and improve her family’s quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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