I decided to start a Fair Trade/Direct Trade coffee export business in the midst of a pandemic. Colombia at the time was under a full quarantine. Arcane government policies and actions killed roughly 80% of the Colombian small business sector. Simply creating my business took over 8 months due to unreliable agents and governmental office closures. I have since had to pay to renew my company, even though I have not even had permission to export a single bean of coffee.
By the time December came I was disheartened and broke. Yeny and I were expecting our baby son to arrive, so I shelved my project for a few months and took a well earned break. This break allowed me to give my full attention to my girlfriend and my newborn son, Sebastian, as well as enjoy the holiday season with my new Colombian family.