Total loan: $15,000


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Utuado, PR, Puerto Rico / Agriculture

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A loan helped upgrade our kitchen equipment, potenciating local harvest into great quality long life shelve food.

Samantha's story

My name is Samantha. I'm from Puerto Rico. My mom's side of the family is from Utuado. Surrounded by mountains and a very humid, rich soil grounds the area. My father side is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was raised in the city of SanJuan. In my teenager years, started experimenting with food as medicine. I spent hours cooking for myself and making creative different food to feed and share with my mom and see her reactions. Soon after that, I questioned myself about the origin and paths that preceded what I was eating and sharing with others. After Hurricane Maria and becoming a mother myself i felt the urge and passion for sharing the meals that I make. I started delivering lunches with all local harvest. Creativity started popping and I was able to see and play with so many possibilities. While this, I visited many farmers to pick up fresh produce and realize there was a lot of food waste and almost none of them were having a healthy nutrient colorful diet. This brought me to processing and 'rescuing' harvest. Fermenting, playing with dehydration, caning, making sauces, powerful juices, oils, seasoning powders , many ways that could enhance great food shelf life. In this path I've had the opportunity to take several fermentation, canning, agriculture classes and also to work on some great local kitchens. Last year during a pandemic I bought my 5-year-old son and me, a piece of land in Utuado, Puerto Rico. Re-connecting with so many roots. Here, I have been bringing up together an industrial kitchen that will help me share and make available real good food, high density nutrient, that will potentiate our health, accessibility, food sovereignty, joy and new fun ways to experiment our local harvests.