A loan of $1,575 helped purchase an electric grinder, a stainless steel counter, large pots, corn, and charcoal at wholesale.


Alicia's story

Alicia is 59 years old, a single mother, and the head of her household. She has four children whom she has been able to push forward with a great deal of hard work and dedication. She works in the production and sale of arepas, a type of thick corn tortilla, which she makes in the traditional way, grilled over charcoal, and sells in her neighborhood. Her arepas are so well liked that she cannot make enough of them to meet her customers' demands, since she works by herself. This loan will be used to invest in the purchase of an electric grinder, a stainless steel counter top, large pots, and the wholesale purchase of corn and charcoal. These will speed up her production process and let her meet the demands of her customers. Her greatest dream is to grow her business into an arepas factory, one that would be both well run and well known, with the goal of increasing her income and bringing a better quality of life to her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund



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