What do you get when you mix ice cream, fresh fruit, with a generous disposition; add to that a strong commitment to family and community? The answer is Cecilia Andrade Sequoia District Adult School student and young entrepreneur.
Cecilia comes from a small town in the Mexican State of Michoacán. The town Tocumbo is famous for its paletas. Cecilia learned the art of making paletas from her father, who learned it from his father. A paleta is a mixture of frozen fruit & ice cream which is served up on a stick, but in Cecilia case its frozen fruit, ice cream and creativity served on a stick and sold from a big blue truck. Her business is called Helados del Triunfo.
In 2015 Cecilia came to the adult school to take ESL classes and has returned to take advantage of the workshops offered by our partner Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. These Thursday workshops are designed to support and empower the community based entrepreneur. The workshops are conducted in Spanish with the end goal of the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency.
When Cecilia is not in class or in her truck selling her delicious and beautiful paletas you might find her handing out treats at the library or teaching kids how to make ice cream, she told me that cookies and cream is their favorite favor. Did I mention she only uses fresh, healthy ingredients!
So if you see Cecilia and her truck be sure to pick up a few of her delicious treats you will also be using your sweet tooth to build community!