Elisabeth Cristina de Santana moved to the United States 23 years ago, by the invite of her brother, who was already living and working on the country. One of her first job at the North America was at Dunkin’ Donuts, where she worked for almost eight years, and started to learn the English – a dream she already had for a long time. While that, her husband was working at a cleaning company, a job that gave them the opportunity to become legal immigrants on the United States.

Few years later she decided to buy a small schedule of houses to cleaning, and worked with it for 3 years, what gave her the opportunity to interact more with english speakers and improve her knowledge.

In 2006, Cristina and her husband decided to buy their first bakery, the Broadway Café, which they run for 4 years. In 2011 her husband bought a large plaza where they idealized the construction of a bakery and restaurant, which would become the family business. And two years later, in 2013, the Santana’s Plaza Cafe was inaugurated. Now it’s been five years, and it’s been managed with dedication and willingness by the entire family. A long dreamed business, have become possible thanks to the obstinacy and hard work of the family.

When it comes to equality of rights and opportunities between men and women, Cris says we still have a long way to go, but she believes that with the courage, determination, intelligence and willpower of the women she describes as warriors, we will get there. For her, “To be a woman nowadays is to take care not only of the house but rather be inserted in the business world  seeking the same opportunities and rights of men.”

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