By Jon Snyder; Edited by Leanna Cappiello
“Comedor Casa Blanca” is a place of fond childhood memories for Gloria, the hallways filled with delicious smells wafting from the kitchen. The old property has served the community as a guest house and restaurant for 60 years. Gloria remembers her days as a young girl in the kitchen, cooking with her mother. Her mom had been the one to start this business when she and her siblings were little.
When her mother fell ill, Gloria took over the restaurant business. Today she cooks for her own customers in the same space.
Throughout her career, Gloria has faced challenging days. She acted as caretaker for her mother and single-handedly ran the business, all the while raising her own two children. The restaurant business can be taxing, especially with balancing family life, but she managed to prove that she could handle it all.
“I love being an independent woman,” Gloria beams.
However, sometimes the financial strife would get in the way. There was not enough capital investment for ingredients, kitchen supplies or rent payments. It was then that World Vision stepped in.
A small business loan was provided for Gloria to help offset major costs of the restaurant in order to keep Comedor Casa Blanca in its proper place as a fixture within the community.
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Because of the loan, Gloria felt free to invest in her personal and professional education. She participated in cooking and baking courses to be sure she was updated with the newest tricks of the trade. That investment has paid off with impressive results: her culinary expertise is often requested for special deliveries, banquet services in schools and government events.
Under Gloria’s care, the business has been going strong for 25 years.
She and her family continue to grow and flourish. Her two children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two employees are able to share in Gloria’s knowledge of running a business and, of course, the secret to her delicious homemade family recipes.