Maria Fiallos and Valeria Fiallos-Soliman of Las Chicas Del Café have survived trucker strikes, Canadian customs hurdles, and hurricanes. Those aside, the last eight months have been the most unstable and uncertain of the last 13 years because of the political struggles that Nicaragua has been going through. Due to the unrest in Nicaragua, the coffee harvest that usually arrives at the end of June/early July did not begin to arrive until September and did not finish arriving until two weeks ago. This meant that for three or four months, they were sold out of 40% of their inventory and their sales rapidly declined.
In this short video, filmed at the CASO Station in St. Thomas, Barry Fitzgerald moderates a chat with Maria and Val to discuss the history of their company, after which they go into the challenges they faced this year. The talk was then opened up to the members of the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce to ask questions and gain further insight into how Maria and Val have managed their company.
Special thanks to the team at the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce and to Val and Maria for working with us to produce this video at the Business After Five event on Nov. 14th.