Maria del Carmen Bermudez lives in Bogota, Colombia with her husband and their three children. For years, they have worked hard to support their children’s educations and to meet all of their family’s needs; however, they have had trouble affording all of their household expenses. Maria has worked as a food vendor for many years, making fresh arepas to sell to hungry customers. Thanks to all her hard work, Maria’s business grew significantly and soon she had her own production facility where she employed other people to enough arepas to sell to both customers and retailers in her community. However, after paying her children’s school fees and supporting her family’s expenses, sometimes Maria did not have the capital she needed to purchase ingredients for her business.
Maria found the solution to her business troubles when she joined Opportunity International. She received training and a loan that she is using to buy ingredients for her business in bulk. With more ingredients, she will be able to significantly increase her food production, giving her the means to sell to more customers and increase her profits. Maria plans to continue expanding her production facility in the future so she can create more jobs for people in her community and earn enough income to send all of her children to college.