Sunday, November 13, 2016

St. James's invests in tortillas and economic independence

From Richmond-

 A group of women in a hillside village on the edge of one of the world’s most dangerous cities is finding economic independence one tortilla at a time, thanks in large part to a grant from a church in Virginia.

The four women are working, some for the first time, in a new tortillaria started by an Episcopal church that serves the community.

“It’s a way to give opportunities to people who need them and to serve the community,” said the Rev. Marco Varela, rector of San Jose de la Montoya Episcopal Church.

He came up with the idea, and he found funding from a Richmond church that has worked in the village for nearly a decade.

St. James’s Episcopal Church, in Richmond, made an $1,800 grant to cover the cost of construction of the wood-burning, brick-and-mortar stove and to help set up the operation.

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