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These are pasteles Puerto Riqueños. Made from meat and guineo and covered in banana leaves, pasteles are usually consumed throughout the vacations.

For 3 generations, Tere Foods in Isabela, Puerto Rico has actually concentrated on making pasteles.

However in September 2017, simply as Tere Foods had completing preparing stock for its hectic holiday, Typhoon Maria struck.

Positioned in the northwest corner of Puerto Rico, Tere Food’s town of Isabela experienced peak gusts of 95 miles per hour and power failures to the majority of its 44,000 citizens Without electrical power, the factory lost about $35,000 worth of basic materials and pasteles.

President of Tere Foods, Yeidy Cruz: The typhoon did a great deal of damage to our business due to the fact that we begin our season in August, raising stock to provide to grocery stores, and due to the fact that of the typhoon, we lost all of the stock we had actually prepared due to the fact that of an absence of electrical power and components.

Storyteller: Together with its stock, nearly half of Tere Foods’ workers left due to the fact that of Maria. Some required time to reconstruct and assist household, others transferred to the continental United States.

Cruz could not manage to pay $400 a day to keep the generator running, so the factory closed. It resulted in more than $90,000 in production losses in simply over 2 months.

However Cruz had an objective: to resume the factory prior to Christmas time.

Cruz: There was a requirement for pasteles and pasteles signify for Puerto Rican households the joy of Christmas. And for me, it was essential that in a minute so seriously psychological, for me, my workers, and for all my neighborhood, to bring this kind of hope which we’re going to discover a method to go back to typical.

Storyteller: It took 62 days for Tere Food’s electrical power to come back on. And 5 days later on, the factory resumed on November22


Cruz: After the typhoon, we needed to import components to meet contracts with customers. The expense of components has actually altered due to the reality that logistics are more complex, and the components are scare, and the cost has actually increased.

Storyteller: Cruz imported meat, masa, yuca and guineo from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the United States.

On The Other Hand, her 14 workers worked overtime to renew the stock. Each action of the procedure is done by hand: slicing banana leaves, preparing the meat, mashing the filling, concluding the mix and product packaging them by the lots.

In December 2017, even short-staffed, Tere Foods produced a record 126,144 pasteles in the nick of time for the vacations.

Cruz: After we unlocked, our production from the very first day was offered out. The entire world desired pasteles and by purchasing wholesale, we had the capability to discover the components. The households that generally do the production in their homes, they do not have the capability to get the components.

Tere Foods had the ability to double its production rate, producing 7,000 pasteles a day in its 4 tastes – guineo and chicken, guineo and pork, yuca and chicken, and yuca and pork.

Cruz: We did a lot more production in a lot less time. Our performance needed to improve due to the fact that of the commitment. The conditions required it and we did it.

Storyteller: A year after the hurrican, e and the factory is still running with 14 workers, making about 57,600 pasteles a month.

Cruz strategies to work with more workers to prepare for the holiday when again.

Cruaz: Without the neighborhood, we would not be where we are. The exact same workers, we have actually supported each other. There are some days that are mentally tough for them and I “cheer them up.” And similarly, them to me.