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Jun 14, 2016 11:51 EST

Katherine – Cómesela a la Negra works as an itinerant business: we are dedicated to sell our vegetarian and vegan turnovers with different flavor coverings at agricultural fairs and shopping malls

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Katherine

 

 

 

 

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Katherine’s story

Crisis situations require humans to make radical decisions. About a year and a half ago, I was about to lose my house with savings only covering the expenses of house rent, not including food, transportation and other personal items that were needed for the next month. In that context, I decided to borrow $ 150 from two friends to start selling vegetarian and vegan turnovers at the University of Puerto Rico. I have called this project “Cómesela a la Negra” and it is the first initiative in Puerto Rico that creates baked turnovers with coverings of different flavors- parsley, coconut, almonds, oregano, coffee, among others-, made by hand and from scratch, with fresh fruit and vegetables. Before all of this, I was an honor student in Psychology at the UPR and a research assistant at several laboratories, traveling and presenting my work on multiple occasions. However, after the death of my grandmother, who was a great influence and the root that was holding me, I stopped my academic studies and decided to start everything from scratch as a way to relieve the absence of that special person in my life. During my healing process, the creation of my small business of vegetarian and vegan turnovers, I discovered a Puerto Rico that I did not know. It was a country full of workers with a vast knowledge on sustainable economy, sustainable agriculture and eco-responsible nourishment. Farmers who are engaged in trying to revive our economy with eco-sustainable agriculture need traders willing to invest in them so that many people can use their raw material production to provide responsible food to other Puerto Ricans. That’s my future, to expand my small workshop/production of vegetarian and vegan turnovers in a factory that draws primarily from fruits, vegetables and tubers that other Puerto Ricans grow on the island. ____________________________________

Las situaciones de crisis obligan a los seres humanos a tomar decisiones radicales. Hace año y medio estaba a punto de perder mi casa con ahorros que solamente cubrían los gastos de la próxima renta, sin contar la comida, la transportación y el resto de los artículos personales que utilizaría en el mes siguiente. En ese contexto, decidí pedir prestado $150 a dos amigos para comenzar a vender empanadas en la Universidad de Puerto Rico. A ese proyecto le hemos llamado “Cómesela a la Negra” y es la primera iniciativa en Puerto Rico de empanadas horneadas con masas de distintos sabores- de perejil, coco, almendras, orégano, entre otras-, confeccionadas a mano, con frutas y vegetales frescos. Antes de esta situación, era estudiante de honor de Psicología en la UPR. Fui asistente de investigación en varios laboratorios y viajé para presentar mi trabajo en múltiples ocasiones. Luego de la muerte de mi abuela, quien era el centro, la columna que me sostenía, detuve mis estudios académicos y decidí empezar todo desde cero como una forma de aliviarme de la ausencia de ese ser tan especial en mi vida.

 

 

 

 

This loan is special because:

It helps expand a business providing healthier, vegan and vegetarian options in Puerto Rico.

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More about this loan

Business Description

Cómesela a la Negra works as an itinerant business: we are dedicated to sell our vegetarian and vegan turnovers with different flavor coverings at agricultural fairs and shopping malls. We have the support of the media, various restaurants and businesses already established which have helped having a media presence with more than 13,000 followers in just a year and a half. The next step is to expand our production workshop and furnish our first permanent kiosk within the “Mercado Libre” in Santurce to meet the demand that we have generated with our product. ____________________________________________

Cómesela funciona como un negocio ambulante: nos dedicamos a vender nuestras empanadas veganas y vegetarianas con masas de distintos sabores en ferias agrícolas y en centro comerciales. Contamos con el apoyo de los medios de comunicación, diversos restaurantes y negocios ya establecidos, los cuales han ayudado a que en un año y seis meses tengamos una página de más de 13,000 seguidores. Ahora, el próximo paso es ampliar nuestro taller de producción y amueblar nuestro primer kiosco permanente dentro del Mercado Libre de Santurce para poder satisfacer la demanda que hemos generado de nuestro producto.

What is the purpose of this loan?

The loan that we are requesting will be invested in the first three months of housing rent ($ 3000) and health and municipal permits (about $ 1000) needed to move to a larger workshop. We also have planned to purchase: one industrial oven ($ 1000) to have the necessary amount of fresh turnovers for some agricultural fairs (We always run out of food before the end of the activity!); two freezers ($ 500 each) to store the boxes of our frozen creatures; a refrigerator ($ 500); 3 stainless steel tables ($ 200 each); 2 stainless steel almanacs ($ 100 each); one stainless steel sink ($ 350); one industrial hose for the sink ($ 250); an industrial extractor and hood ($ 500); an industrial stove ($ 300); a line of work ($ 990); decoration ($ 300); and other materials that we will acquire with our own efforts. All of this will help expand our business and distribute an organic, healthy and supportive product to new corners of the island. The turnovers (empanadas) are a common food in the diet of Puerto Ricans. A product like ours introduces a common Puerto Rican style food and a more conscious philosophy of life related to the development of the local economy. In addition to this, we contribute to environmental protection and the strength of other companies with similar purposes on the island. Achieving this goal culminates a personal process of healing and understanding of industrial and agricultural dynamics of my country, and I look forward to sharing and contributing to the lives of people of all ages through this project. ___________________________________________

El préstamo que estamos solicitando será invertido en pagar los primeros tres meses ($3000 en total) y los permisos sanitarios y municipales (alrededor de $1000) necesarios para mudarnos a un taller más amplio. También tenemos planificado adquirir: un horno industrial ($1000) para poder tener la cantidad de empanadas frescas necesarias para algunas ferias agrícolas (¡siempre nos quedamos sin comida antes de que acabe la actividad!); dos congeladores ($500 c/u) para almacenar las cajas de nuestras criaturas congeladas; una nevera ($500); 3 mesas de acero inoxidable ($200 c/u); 2 almanaques de acero inoxidable ($100 c/u); un fregadero de acero inoxidable ($350); manguera de fregadero ($250); extractor industrial y campana ($500); una estufa industrial ($300); una línea de trabajo ($990); decoración ($300); y otros materiales que vamos a adquirir por esfuerzo propio . Todo esto ayudará a expandir nuestro negocio y distribuir un producto orgánico, saludable y solidario a nuevas esquinas de la isla. Las empanadas son una comida común en la dieta de los/as puertorriqueños/as. Un producto como el nuestro introduce al puertorriqueño común a un estilo de alimentación y a una filosofía de vida más consciente y relacionada al desarrollo de la economía local. Además de esto, aportamos a la protección ambiental y a la solidez de otras empresas con el mismo fin en la isla. Lograr esta meta culmina un proceso personal de sanación y de comprensión de las dinámicas laborales y agrícolas de mi país, y espero seguir compartiéndolo y aportando a la vida de grandes y pequeños por medio de este proyecto.

 
About Cómesela a la Negra

Industry: Food
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years

 

A loan of $10,000 helps Katherine increase the productivity capacity buy acquiring new equipment, important permits, a stable place, among others.

 

 

 

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Katherine

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