Friday, December 28, 2007

Casa Latina Helps New Population


As the nation continues to morph ethnographically, new services for persons with different ethnic heritages continue to appear. In New Milford, a business named Casa Latina has opened on Bridge Street to provide both goods and financial services to a largely Latino clientele, with some shelves in the shop still empty but the ambitions of its proprietor, 28-year-old Magaly Jarrin, quite full.

As the nation continues to morph ethnographically, new services for persons with different ethnic heritages continue to appear. In New Milford, a business named Casa Latina has opened on Bridge Street to provide both goods and financial services to a largely Latino clientele, with some shelves in the shop still empty but the ambitions of its proprietor, 28-year-old Magaly Jarrin, quite full.

"I've always wanted to be a businesswoman," said Ms. Jarrin who, while born in Quito, Ecuador, grew up in the U.S. "I always pictured myself having my own business," she said, explaining that it was the parents of her husband Paul, also an Ecuadorian native, who gave her that extra push.

"His parents have that background. They were very wealthy back in Ecuador. They owned a couple of car dealerships, a cement mine, a couple of gasoline stations," she said, adding that, because of political turmoil, the family's businesses in South America went downhill.

The couple moved to Connecticut, and their oldest son came for a visit five years ago. "He met me, and he never went back," Ms. Jarrin said. "My husband and his family have been very supportive. We have two houses. We have two businesses. I think that's quite an accomplishment," she said, noting that her husband began managing the J&J Auto Repair, which is just up the street, roughly one year ago. The two lived in Naugatuck before renting their house there and purchasing a second in New Milford, where they now live, this year.

More here: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2303&dept_id=478843&newsid=19149283&PAG=461&rfi=9

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