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

Why Puerto Rican Tourism Hasn’t Fully Recovered After Hurricane Maria

One year since Hurricane Maria, local businesses in Puerto Rico are struggling to recover. Tucked in the old city of San Juan, Barrachina is a tourist hotspot. Most of the restaurant’s business comes from visitors hoping to sip on piña coladas and try the classic Puerto Rican dish, mofongo. After Hurricane Maria hit, Barrachina was one of almost 10,000 small businesses affected by the storm.

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Why Puerto Rican Tourism Hasn’t Fully Recovered After Hurricane Maria