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They Couldn’t Find A Job Because Of Discrimination, So They Did The Next Best Thing

Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Los Perejiles is pizza catering service that offers way more than a few pies or delicious, warm pastries, the Guardian reports. The fast-rising company offers jobs to young men and women with Down Syndrome who are often discriminated by potential employers. Tired of being overlooked, a group of four young men with Down Syndrome decided to do something about it.

In 2015, this group of four young men decided that if no one would hire them, they would just create their own business.

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With a desire to work, and only discrimination holding them back, Franco, Leandro, Mateo, and Mauricio (pictured left to right) became entrepreneurs, opening their own restaurant, Los Perejiles.

With each founding member capitalizing on their own talents in the kitchen, the industrious group found a real recipe for success.

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By 2016, Los Perejiles was catering a few small affairs around Buenos Aires.

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The four chefs began catering events in schools, private gathers, and buisness events, La Nacion reports.

Word of mouth spread, and the demand for Los Perejiles catering ramped up.

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Los Perejiles keeps a Facebook photo album for every event they’ve worked. Each album shows how the gatherings have increased over time. Since 2016, the company has amassed a following over more than 35,000 Facebook fans.

And Los Perejiles had to expand its own staff to meet the demand.

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These days, the small crew has a main office in Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo, and caters around the city as well as in the North, La Nacion reports. When they aren’t busy with events, the group hands out food to the homeless population in Buenos Aires.

For co-founder Leandro Lopez, success means that Los Perejiles can hire people who may not otherwise get a job.

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Lopez told ACI Prensa that he wanted to show that it was normal for people with Down Syndrome to be part of the workforce: “The idea was to change the paradigm around Down Syndrome.”

To date, Los Perejiles has catered over 128 events, and it employs 24 men and women with Down Syndrome.

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Lopez told ACIPrensa, “It seems to me that we all have the right to two fundamental things, to life and to be taken into account. These two premises can make a happy living person his whole life.”

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Mind Blown: Two Women In Cuba Invented An Extraordinary Way To Deliver Pizza From Their Rooftop Apartment

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Mind Blown: Two Women In Cuba Invented An Extraordinary Way To Deliver Pizza From Their Rooftop Apartment

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If you have a passion for something, there isn’t anyone or anything that will stop you from doing it. Success in any field, whether it is in your career, personal growth, family goals, etc., takes persistence and dedication. You must have a clear vision of how to make your goals and dreams a realization. The key is also understanding when to listen to others and follow critical advice. These are the many lessons we learned from two incredible Latina entrepreneurs from Cuba. 

Marta Castaeda is the owner of A Mi Manera (My Way) Pizzeria in Havana, Cuba, who found a perfect solution to selling pizzas from her apartment. 

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Castaeda began her pizza business in 2010 with her husband, but after his unfortunate death, Castaeda partnered up with another woman, Marta del Barrio, and a new chapter of her business came to fruition.

According to Great Big Story, who interviewed the two women, the Marta’s said that they initially sold their pizza in a standard way. You see, they run their business from their apartment, and their kitchen is on the top floor of the building. When the pizzas were ready to serve, one of the Marta’s would have to walk down the flight of stairs, hand it to the customer, and walk back up. Castaeda said this method was tiresome. We can only imagine. Then a stroke of genius changed everything for their business. 

Lots of people suggested ways to perfect their business, but one person gave a stellar idea on how to sell pizzas more efficiently: send the pizza down on a basket. 

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The invention worked. From then on the women took the orders downstairs, they’d call it up to the cook via phone, make the pizza, and deliver it down on the basket. While this is most definitely a clever and marketable way to sell pizza, they — like any business — also had some hiccups with this clever invention.

Castaeda recalled that one time, while a pizza was being sent down on a basket, it fell out and landed on a woman’s head. Now, we’ve lived in New York City long enough to know that if something is going to hit us on the head, we sure would rather be struck by a pizza than anything else. 

Castaeda is proud of her business, her partner, and how they’ve managed to be a successful, money-making venture in a nontraditional capitalist country. 

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“Here we have to find a way to sell, to be able to maintain the license, so that’s what we have done with our resources, look for solutions,” Castaeda said, according to The Cuban History. She also said that people come from all over the island — not to mention all over the world — to try out her pizza. But mostly to see the pizza come down in its signature way from the rooftop. 

The name of her business A Mi Manera is at the heart of what makes this pizzeria a hit with the people. 

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Castaeda discloses that pizzas are made exactly how the people want it. They can choose from a variety of toppings because the real taste that differentiates this pizza from the rest is in the sauce and handmade dough. While she does not disclose what’s exactly in the recipe, the pizzas are clearly a hit because people come from everywhere just to eat them. 

According to The Cuban History, each pizza typically sells for 12 Cuban pesos which are about 50 cents. We have one piece of advice for the owners of A Mi Manera pizzeria: increase those prices! Especially for tourists!! We also suggest they trademark this clever way of selling pizzas. We’re certain any pizza entrepreneur in the United States will see this and try to market it for themselves. 

At the end of the day, Castaeda said it’s not about making money but rather enjoying each other’s company by providing good food and humor.  

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“Pizza helps Cuba survive and persevere,” Castaeda said in her interview with Great Big Story. She adds that they are always looking for ways to improve their business and she’s always open to new ideas especially from her partner. 

So how do they keep up with demand even on the busiest days? Castaeda said she always ready to for light humor on the job and is ready to make someone smile. 

“I always try to do things while laughing,” she said, “because laughter brightens up the day.” 

This woman needs to be lecturing business courses at every top university! Now, for the most important information. A Mi Manera Pizzeria is located at 919 Neptuno, La Habana, Cuba. You’re welcome! 

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Detectives Think Some Of These Pieces Of Nazi Propaganda Found In Buenos Aires May Have Belonged To Hitler Himself

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Detectives Think Some Of These Pieces Of Nazi Propaganda Found In Buenos Aires May Have Belonged To Hitler Himself

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“I think this is irrefutable proof of the presence of hierarchical Nazis having escaped to Argentina.”

A trove of illegal Nazi memorabilia was recently found in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They were found in the home of a collector, who had over 75 pieces of Nazi artifacts that were illegally hoarded and stored. The collector went to extremes to hide the propaganda-laden relics from World War II, hiding the objects behind a moving bookshelf in a secret room.

Many of the objects were emblazoned with the Swastika symbol, including mugs, knives and games, all designed to entice and indoctrinate children with Nazi ideology. There was even a bust of Adolf Hitler himself in the stash. According the NBC News video above, this is believed to be the largest collection of Nazi artifacts ever found in Argentina. The video also points out that it may be the result of and proof that some Nazis fled to Argentina after the war to hide out from being brought to justice. USA today reports that the artifacts may have even belonged to Hitler himself.

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