Imagine a world in which baked goods are currency… Where, instead of bank vaults, there are bank ovens… Wallets are discarded to be replaced by tupperware… In this world, Elda and Lyzbeth are queens; the richest women in the world…
But until this dream of mine comes to fruition, these two ETS students will have to make due with their wonderful smiles, and delicious cake pops.
The story of Elda and Lyzbeth’s baked goods begins in Latin America…
Lyzbeth grew up in Peru, and attributes her culinary skills to her mother. She recalls the parties her mother would prepare, with sandwiches, appetizers, drinks, desserts, candy, cake and much more. Similarly, Elda remembers her childhood in Mexico, where her mother would take the reins and put out lovely displays for each party.
Upon coming to the United States, the women settled down and started families of their own. Soon, they were assigned the task of birthday duty for their own sons and daughters. The two recall having to buy different cakes for different children, and often feeling the homogenous selection of cakes was just sub-par. Elda and Lyzbeth became disappointed in American culture, noticing a lack of birthday-party preparations, and citing mothers as being “too busy” to properly furnish each event.
Then the idea occurred to them, why dont we cater birthdays. Why dont we provide a service that is too often overlooked in this bustling American society. So, Elda and Lyzbeth began practicing, researching, and creating beautiful cakes and baked goods for their friends and family. The two felt a “magic” in each cake, and would celebrate after each beautiful accomplishment. Soon enough, the culinary duo were comfortable enough to act upon the suggestions of their loved ones, and begin a business of their own.
Lucky for them, Lyzbeth had a friend in the ETS program at EWI. They saw her business grow with the help of EWI, and aspired to find the same success. Through the ETS class, Elda and Lyzbeth hope to be able gain a better understanding of the market and how to sell.
“…Every time we did a cake and delivered a product, it [was] so much fun to see their faces, the reaction in people, it is really like, ‘hey we did something good’, and it makes us feel good inside, and if we can achieve that every single time and go bigger, I think that would be wonderful – it helps us inside, helps us monetarily, it’s like the whole package”.
Here at EWI, we know these two women CAN and WILL succeed. We are so excited to have them in our ETS class, and we look forward to watching them grow and prosper.
Best of luck, Elda and Lyzbeth!
Media and Outreach Intern