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Employment is difficult to find in Ciudad Sandino, and the bakery workers are not only justly proud of their product, but also grateful to have a job to support their families.

Weston Benedictine Monks
Journey to Nicaragua
Winter Retreat, 2001

Nueva Vida: A visit to the bakery

(ONE OF A SERIES )

NUEVA VIDA (continued): The four men and two women who work here full time greet us cheerfully -- but they keep on working.

Alberto works the flour and yeast in a huge electric mixer. Pablo rolls heavy mounds of dough through a roller to remove the air. With a flourish he passes the long strips of rolled dough on to Ricardo, who cuts them into smaller sections. Maria then shapes the sections into rolls and places them on greased pans.

 Pablo and Ricardo in the bakery
Pablo and Ricardo in the bakery

When several sheets are ready, Eduardo puts them into a large brick oven and soon they have been baked to a golden brown.

When they have cooled, Regina bags them and brings them forward to the little store in the front room, where baked goods are sold. We sample them and find them delicious.

Employment is difficult to find in Ciudad Sandino, and the bakery workers are not only justly proud of their product, but also grateful to have a job to support their families.

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