How This Company Survived After Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria roared across Puerto Rico, knocked out 80% of the island’s electrical grid, and plummeted nearly the entire island into darkness. It was the largest blackout in US history and the second largest in the world. Tere Food’s factory that makes pasteles Puerto Riqueños lost all its inventory due to power outages. One year later, the factory is still operating with 14 employees, making about 57,600 pasteles a month.

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How This Company Survived After Hurricane Maria

Female-Owned Cigar Company Celebrates Cuban Women

Twin sisters Yvette and Yvonne started their own brand of cigars, called Tres Lindas Cubanas. Since then, they’re often the only Afro-Cuban women in a room full of men. Their three cigar blends pay homage to Cuban women. La Clarita. La Mulata. And La Negrita — all Spanish words used to describe skin tones of women.

They sell their blends on their website, shipping across the country to all 50 states, and in local shops. But it all started with an investment of $500. As first-generation Americans, it’s important for them to stay connected to their roots. They lead trips to Havana and take people through plantations and factories of Cuban cigars.

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Female-Owned Cigar Company Celebrates Cuban Women