When Danaris Mazara came to America at the age of 22, all she had was a suitcase and a spirit full of dreams. Sponsored by her brother already in the states - she lived in the attic of his home for a year before getting married and starting her own family.
The process of getting assimilated to life in a new country wasn’t easy; she was only able to find low wage jobs, working at Walmart - when a blessing in disguise changed her life. In 2008, her husband was laid off from the Haverhill Paperboard, a local manufacturer in operation for over a century that cost the region 174 jobs. Her minimum wage paycheck wasn’t nearly enough to pay all the bills and cover all the needs of her young family – even facing foreclosure. It was a financial struggle that got her to the point where her mother gave her $35 to buy groceries for the family because of their situation. Instead of buying food, she bought ingredients to make Flan, a popular Dominican dessert that she intended to sell... Read More