negocio con proposito
We hope to not only sell delicious pupusas, but also to provide a mechanism for local culinary entrepreneurs to sell their food, too.
business for good
The purpose of the “So Good Pupusas” is to provide delicious and authentic Salvadorian cuisine with a side of community empowerment and social change. Through our food truck fleet we hope to not only sell delicious pupusas, but also provide a mechanism for local culinary entrepreneurs to sell their food, too. Many Latinos in the Triangle make and sell food out of their vehicles, without the means to start a food truck or brick and mortar restaurant of their own. We hope to follow in their immigrant entrepreneurial spirit and create mechanism for community members to sell their food and make a living by buying and selling their food through our food truck.
We also will make our second food truck available to local restaurants for lease. That way brick and mortar restaurants have a food truck when they need it to work mobile events. Profit earned from this partnership will benefit Pupusas for Education.
But first, what is a pupusa?
From the homes and streets of El Salvador, pupusas are thick handmade tortillas, traditionally filled with meat, cheese, and beans, served with a side of curtido (pickled cabbage and carrots), and tomato salsa. Pupusas are a meal for any time of day or occasion. For our founders, they symbolize their family and home. The best pupusas are made with a lot of love!
pupusas for education
Our scholarship is exclusively for undocumented high school seniors who have applied and been accepted to a two or four year university, or accredited associates or certification program. Our scholarship is open to undocumented students of any background, ethnicity, race, etc.
We currently offer two (2) one-thousand dollar scholarships ($1,000) to undocumented high school seniors. This scholarship can be renewed every year following eligibility requirements are met.
Our ultimate goal of providing scholarhsips stems from our passion for pupusas and our experience as immigrants in the United States. Our search for better futures and "The American Dream" led us to the United States from El Salvador, and from California to North Carolina.
Our founders have been greatly impacted by affordable higher education; in particular the Covenant Scholars program at UNC and the Morehead-Cain scholarship. An affordable education can change any students' life and because of the blessings we have received we believe in paying it forward: in pupusas and scholarships!
Our scholarship for high school seniors will be live February 2017 for undocumented high school seniors starting college Fall 2017. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated!
Maria Peralta is part of our inaugural class of scholarship recipients. She is in her first year at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. This past October she was named a Golden Doors Scholar; one of the most competitive, nation-wide full scholarship programs in the United States!
Congratulations, Maria! We are so excited to follow your undergraduate success!
-Con Amor, Pupusas for Education
A rising Senior and Global Studies major with a minor in Geography, Cecilia received a full merit Morehead-Cain scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Born in Los Angeles, California to Salvadoran immigrant parents, she was raised in Durham, NC along with her three older sisters. A Global Gap Year Fellow through the Campus Y at UNC, she also took a gap year before coming to college where her global volunteer work took her to Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, and Australia.
Favorite Pupusa: Chicharon con queso, extra crispy!
Yesenia L. Polanco-Galdamez
A practicing attorney in Criminal Defense and Immigration Law at Fayad Law, Yesenia was born in El Salvador and emigrated to the United States at the age of 3. She received her undergraduate degree in Romance Languages and Latino/a Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, and her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law in 2008.
She is also a long-standing community leader, advocate for social change, learning, and all things positive as well as mentoring "younger" people.
Favorite pupusa: Cheese pupusas with with crispy bits of cheese on the outside!
Steve Palacios is a junior Sport Administration major from Morganton, N.C. As someone that is passionate about using sport for good, he saw So Good Pupusas as a good opportunity to contribute and positively impact the community, even if it was not sport related. His current goal is to continue developing the So Good Pupusas brand and help it become a self-sustainable business.
Favorite pupusa: Chicarron, Queso, frijoles in that order!
A Durham local and honorary Salvadoran, Leighanne is a B.S.E Biomedical Engineer with a minor in finance from Duke University. She received a full scholarship to college with the Gates Millennium Foundation and is also a proud Coca Cola Scholar. She has spent her time at Duke University involved in Biomedical Engineering research, women's empowerment, STEM education, and Duke Student Government. A lover of travel and adventure, Leighanne has most recently lived in Lebanon, Turkey, and Germany.
Favorite pupusa: Cheese on cheese on cheese!
A mother of three and superwoman all around, Sandra owns her own Tax and Accounting Business, Taxes + located in Durham and Burlington. She is optimistic, positive, and full of energy as she encourages and supports the pupusa truck business. She is also one of our pupusa makers!
Favorite pupusa: Beans and cheese!
A mother of two, Ana is also a mother figure for her younger sisters. She has worked as an Insurance Agent for the past 17 years and is now self-employed. She provides financial support and advice for the business and loves helping her little sisters succeed.
Favorite pupusas: Zucchini pupusas!
Jazlin is a senior Communications major and Russian minor from the Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago, Il. The education inequality she experienced in her own community has made her passionate about So Good Pupusas and its mission. She believes everyone deserves an affordable top-notch education no matter where you are from. As the scholarship director, her focus is on creating ways to fund future So Good Pupusas scholarships.
Favorite pupusas: Cheese!