Blanca is originally from El Salvador and has lived in Pittsburgh for eight years. Back in her country she used to sell pupusas, a Salvadoran street food staple, in the weekends. Pupusas are made from cornmeal, cheese, and pork rinds.
Blanca began preparing those too in the Steel City to delight fellow expats with homemade food they really missed, adding a vegetarian version, selling them at events or cultural/sports spots around town.
Support Blanca’s dream on her Kiva page – https://www.kiva.org/lend-beta/2366230.
It was the beginning of a dream to open her own pupusas shop. Staff at the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation have provided business assessment, mentoring, and incorporation along the way, preparing her for the serious side of owning her business – Pupusas y Antojitos Helen LLC. Blanca already signed her lease on the business location with plans to open soon.
Now she is utilizing Kiva’s crowdfunding platform to get funds to equip and promote the place. Her Kiva web page explains how she will use the money to buy expensive equipment for the kitchen, such as a refrigerator, an iron press, aluminum countertops and more. Some funding will also be used to market her new location.