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President Obama’s 2009 Recovery Act includes $30 million for expanding the Small Business Administration’s Microloan program. These loans of less than $35,000 put money into the hands of small business owners who don’t have any collateral, but who stimulate the economy by putting money back into their communities.

Entrepreneur, Paula Tejeda could benefit from one of these microloans. She says a lack of working capital is the biggest challenge to running her small storefront where she sells Chilean empanadas.

These pocket-sized meat pastries are a popular to-go food in Chile and Paula says they’re best eaten with a glass of wine. This story shows you how that combination sparked an idea in Paula to take the empanadas out of her store, Chile Lindo, and over to the local bars to stir up some business.

Collaborator: It was really fun to work with photographer Myleen Hollero on this and the slideshow is on the California Report and Latino USA’s websites.

Broadcast History:
KQED’s California Report
NPR’s Latino USA
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

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Photo by Phil Lees

Description: My friend Thy has a wealth of knowledge, particularly in the area of food history. When I heard the theme for the Soko Arts Festival was food, I was excited to work with her on developing a story. I had hoped that while playing the piece, we could also serve the bahn xeo, but time didn’t allow for it.

Collaboration: Thy Tran and Soko Arts Festival

Broadcast History:
KUSF’s Radio Segue
Soko Arts (the food themed event) 2001

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