We had the good fortune of connecting with Gloria Badilla and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gloria, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Chilttepica Products – We try to be aware of our community as much as we are able to be of any help. Our Chiltepin peppers are and have been harvested by ALL female teams, regular housewives tha for most of them it is the first time holding a job, or a paycheck with their name on it. It has been the same group for several years and we add women as we continue to grow.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Chilttepica was created trying to have a Plan “B” in life. We started Chilttepica and also (my husband & I) both of us keeping our regular jobs just to make sure we were able to still make our monthly commitments and not rely on Chilttepica at the beginning (just in case) It was a big challenge because we had jobs with regular business hours … phone calls and other Chilttepica business had to be done during our breaks or lunch hour during the day. I had to do things before work at lunch time or after work, like a few farmers markets I used to do, it was like a crazy day. Dropping set up stuff and product before work and after work running back to set up and start the market and at the end of the day it was 14hr. day!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Other people that need Chilttepica credit will be my husband. He makes the BEST Chiltepin fresh salsa! & also an article he read back when he worked for Golden Eagle Budweiser. The owner Kimberly Clements wrote an article for the monthly news/flyer of Golden Eagle encouraging employees to ALWAYS have a Plan “B” in life. Like going back to school, taking some classes to advance your career, a business, or anything that you can depend on just in case life would go different then what you expected.
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