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Lilian and Maria are sisters living in Bogota, Colombia.
For most of their lives these women and their families have struggled to make ends meet, living with unsteady incomes in the crowded bustle of a big city. With children at home to feed, the situation was difficult.
But things changed in 2005 when Lilian’s daughter Nicol became sponsored through CFCA. Just a few months later Maria’s daughter Andrea also joined the program.
With their daughters in the sponsorship program, Lilian and Maria started participating in small parent groups at the local CFCA office. They learned new skills such as baking, sewing and handicrafts through the group, named The Vencedoras or The Victorious Mothers Group.
“[Before my daughter's sponsorship] I did not have any opportunities to get ahead in life,” Lillian said. “I stayed at home and I did not have a space to meet with other people to start productive projects learning new things and helping to sustain my family.”
In 2012 Lilian’s mother-in-law passed away. Her father-in-law offered to sell his wife’s baking oven to Lilian and Maria. Though neither sister had a place in their own homes to set up the oven, they worked out an agreement with the CFCA-Bogota office to install it there.
With help from a mothers group loan and encouragement from their peers, Lilian and Maria started a cookie business.
The women took out a loan through their mothers group to make the first payment on the oven and purchase baking supplies.
“Our friend Yuly taught us how to make these cookies,” Lilian said. “I like her personality because she has a positive attitude and she encourages us to get ahead.”
They enlisted the help of their father, and a few times a week they meet at the Bogota office to bake and package the cookies. They sell the cookies to neighbors and local stores. Each package of cookies includes a card designed by Lilian’s daughter so people know where to buy more.
The name of the cookies? Ricas Tentaciones, or Rich Temptations.
“We chose this name because our cookies are a temptation,” Lillian said. “When we make the cookies, we want to eat them!”
Want to taste these delicious cookies? Try their recipe!
Ricas tentaciones (Rich temptations) cookie recipe
Prep time: 30-40 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 stick of butter
- chopped nuts or chocolate pieces (optional)
1. 1 Heat the oven to 425 F.
2. Mix sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, mix flour and cornmeal. Slowly add flour and cornmeal mixture into the sugar mixture. After mixing flouring and cornmeal, add any additional optional ingredients.
4. With a rolling pin, roll the dough onto a flat surface. Use cookie cutters and molds to cut shapes out of the dough.
5. Place cut shapes on a non-stick baking sheet.
6. Bake cookies for 15-20 minutes, or until golden.
7. Let the cookies cool. You can then decorate with powdered sugar, icing or other toppings.