My name is Kelbert Bortone. Two and one half years ago, I moved to Cuenca, Ecuador with my wife Mariana and our two children. We came from Margarita Island, Venezuela. At this time in history, the situation in Venezuela is volatile and very dangerous. We were sad to leave our country but could see it worsening daily. We left behind our dear island, loving family, friends, the home I built and even our pets, seeking a better future.
Mariana, my wife and life partner, has a creative gift when baking; she studied bread making in Venezuela. We had an artisan bakery in Margarita so when we came to Cuenca we decided to make baking the business of our new home. We began with the few savings that we had and a lot of faith. We named our business ARTESANA. We purchased our first small oven and Mariana began to bake bread which I sold. At the beginning it was not easy; long hours, hot ovens, many hours testing recipes all began to draw customers. At first I delivered bread on my bicycle. As demand grew, we continued adding products Mariana created. ARTESANA BREAD is now known as the best bread in Cuenca. We are very proud and incredibly grateful for the opportunity life has given us. We enjoy baking because we love to make people happy with our bread and cakes.