BRICKS TO BREAD COSTA RICA PROJECTS

K&D BAKERY – SANTA ISABEL DE RIO CUARTO

 

THE COMMUNITY

The small village of Los Lagos de Santa Isabel and its surroundings were settled by people who produced vegetables from their land, raised cattle, and lived in humble homes. Before there were roads, people traveled on horseback. Los Lagos de Santa Isabel gets its name from the lakes (lagos) in the area where people go to fish and enjoy time with their families. Los Lagos de Santa Isabel is a small town with a school, a grocery store, and a small church. There is no public transportation and employment is scarce, limited to manual labor at local farms where ornamental plants and pineapple are grown.

THE FAMILY

Kathy Tenorio Jarquín (34) and her husband, Denis Alfaro Mondragón (41), have three children—Ashly Alfaro Tenorio (11), Denis Alfaro Tenorio (6), and Alana Alfaro Tenorio (3). They live in the village of Los Lagos de Santa Isabel in Río Cuarto in the Alajuela province. In 2018, Don Denis lost his job at the local pineapple plantation when a new company took over. With a loan, Doña Kathy and Don Denis purchased a piece of property and a local policeman helped them build a small house. After Don Denis completed a cooking course and learned how to bake bread, he taught Doña Kathy and they began baking together using a propane oven.

 

Their oven will be under construction in February 2023.