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Estolia’s Salsa Is Helping Charities One Jar Of Salsa At A Time

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Estolia’s Food Products is on a mission to help Los Angeles charities one jar of salsa at a time. The company, which is beginning to making a name for itself with its salsa, donates part of its profits to different charitable organizations. The inspiration for the salsa? Well, a recipe passed down to the owner from her abuela.

Estolia’s salsa packs more than just a punch; they also pack some social good.


The company creates four kinds of salsa and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to causes specific to the salsa.

Classic Salsa = Leukemia research; Pineapple Salsa = homelessness and hunger; Salsa Asado = animal rescues; and Salsa Verde = Alzheimer’s research.

“When we began this journey a few years ago, we had no idea that it would blossom into a line of salsas dedicated to saving lives,” reads the Estolia’s website. “We were inspired when we began attending and exhibiting at the Los Angeles non-profit event ‘Race for the Rescues’. It was then that ‘Salsa Saves Lives’ was born. Choosing the causes for ‘Salsa Saves Lives’ was easy because each one touched our lives in a powerful way.”

And none of it would be possible if it wasn’t for the owners’ very own abuela, who brought her salsa recipe with her to the U.S. when she fled the Mexican Revolution.


“During The Mexican revolution in 1917 my grandmother, Estolia Santana, accompanied by her mother and six siblings, left their native homeland Tepospizaloya, Jalisco for El Paso, Texas,” reads the Estolia’s website. “After five long years of hardship in Texas, the family set out for Los Angeles, California in search of opportunity and the American dream. Out of desperation, Estolia took a job as a cook where she created a revolution of her own and developed her legendary cooking skills while providing for her five children she raised on her own.”

Now, salsa isn’t the only thing sold by Estolia’s Food Products online.

WOW! We sold out our first time on HSN. #awesome #mexicanfood

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While the salsa is doing some serious good, Estolia’s sells prepared meals that you can find on the Home Shopping Network and Williams Sonoma.

Or, if you are lucky, you might catch them selling tamales as special events.

Day 2 of the tamale Festival and were killing it!

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Their salsa, however, is one way to literally put your money where your mouth is.

Thank you Good Day L.A. For representing our mission to help our community. #salsasaveslives

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Buen hecho!

Check out more about Estolia’s Salsa below.

‘Salsa Saves Lives’ thanks to abuela’s recipeUsing her abuela’s recipes, this chef is donating 100% of profits to Alzheimers, leukemia, animal rescue and feeding the hungry… depending on which flavor you get.

Posted by Circa on Saturday, March 25, 2017


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DREAMer Gets Hate After Telling The Internet 'Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes Too'

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DREAMer Gets Hate After Telling The Internet ‘Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes Too’

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For many people, tax season is a miserable time. Despite the misery, many taxpayers are eligible for government benefits – unless they happen to be undocumented. In a recent Facebook post, DREAMer and DACA recipient Belén Sisa talked about the fact that even though she pays taxes, like other undocumented taxpayers, she is ineligible for many of the benefits citizens receive. 

Belén Sisa’s Facebook post caught fire shortly after being shared.

MYTH BUSTER: I, an undocumented immigrant, just filed my taxes and PAID $300 to the state of Arizona. I cannot receive…

Posted by Belén Sisa on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Posted by Belén Sisa on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Belén’s message was to the point, reminding people that many undocumented immigrants are not leeching off the country, but making it a better place. She even paid $300 to Arizona, a state that hasn’t been the kindest to its undocumented population. Closing out her post, Sisa gave President Donald Trump the old “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” treatment. I’d say the ball’s in President Trump’s court, but we know where the balls really are in this exchange.

Like many DACA recipients, Belén Sisa came to the U.S. with her parents when she was very young, CNN reports.

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Belén came with her parents from Argentina when she was only six years old. They overstayed their visitor visas and lived undocumented in the U.S. for many years. According to CNN, Sisa became eligible for DACA in 2012.

Plenty of people online are showing support for Sisa.

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And because it’s the internet, you know there were also plenty of haters.

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Many of them demonstrated a lack of knowledge about what it means to be a DACA recipient. But other people were quick to point out why Sisa’s status is perfectly legit.

One commenter gave a quick lesson on programs that allow people like Sisa to live and work in the U.S.

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And Sisa also took the ignorance to church.

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Many were quick to point out that her tax returns were blank in the photograph.

https://twitter.com/simkajoy/status/846508261310386176

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However, one could argue that posting your personal information to Facebook wouldn’t be the brightest idea. Sisa is too smart for that.

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This isn’t the first time Belen Sisa has advocated on behalf of DACA and the undocumented.

And we’re pretty sure this won’t be the last time we hear from Belén Sisa either.

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[H/T:] ‘Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes Too,’ DREAMer’s Post Goes Viral

READ: Here’s What ICE Is Saying About The Arrest Of 23-Year-Old Mexican DACA Recipient

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