I came back yesterday from my second trip to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. While I was there, I had the chance to experience when the power came back in some parts of my town, San Lorenzo. No one could believe it. Power was back on, we could take a hot shower and give away the dependency to a power generator. While I watched the neighbors thank the engineers, I thought to myself, WOW two months. This is changing us. Our economy will feel the impact, so how can I support the local economy in Puerto Rico while being away.
The infrastructure challenges in Puerto Rico affected thousands of businesses. These are now struggling or closed for good. According to a Public Radio International (PRI) report, more than 5,000 businesses will cease to operate. This is due to the infrastructure collapse after the storm.
Many organizations are doing what they can to support these entrepreneurs. They are doing this so these businesses can stay afloat. But you and I can also do something.
As the holidays approach, we can think of all the things we want to see wrapped in our hands. Some splurged on Black Friday and others started to give hints on their wish list. I think that if we want to make a difference, we can also add to that list a Puerto Rican product. Besides getting a gift, you will also be helping a Puerto Rican business stay afloat after this crisis.
Support the Local Economy of Puerto Rico With Holiday Shopping
To help you out, I am including in this post, two ways you can find small businesses in Puerto Rico.
Shop and Hire Puerto Rico
This website lists Puerto Rican businesses from which you can shop for the holidays. They also have a list of talented Puerto Ricans you can hire.
Brands of Puerto Rico
This initiative is also supporting Shop and Hire Puerto Rico. They list all the best brands and products from the island.
Give Your Wish List a Rican Boom
Because I love my readers, I even created a wish list for you. I will leave you with it, and I hope it motivates you to dig more into all the Rican goods on these pages.
FOR THE NEW MOM
Soap bars to prevent stretch marks, Linda Mami – $36.00
This plantain shirt from Original Puertorro – $33.00
FOR THE RICAN IN YOUR LIFE
Three pounds of pan sobao, Panadería La Curva – $24.00
“I guarantee forever love with this present to a Puerto Rican”
FOR THE FRIEND WHO RECENTLY GOT ENGAGED
Boss and Groom wine set from Bien Cool – $12.00
FOR THE FOODIE
Guava Hot Sauce from Artesanías Gourmet – $5.99
FOR YOUR MAN WITH THE BEARD
Beard oil, Barbanegra Beard Co. – $25.00
FOR THE BOHO GIRL
These fabulous earrings from Aguja Local – $45.00
FOR THE MINIMALIST TRENDSETTER
This V ring that also works for people named Veronica (or Victor), LUCA – $56.00
This shirt says it all – $18.50
FOR THE COFFEE DRINKER
Espresso, 100% Puerto Rican – $8.50
FOR ANYONE WITH PUERTO RICAN PRIDE
A Puerto Rican pillow – $37.99