December 27, 2010 — When you think of the “underground economy,” you probably imagine guns or drugs, not empanadas or tamales. But it’s expensive to line up business licenses and commercial kitchen space. And intimidating. La Cocina is a non-profit with a very particular social mission. Caleb Zigas is the Executive Director.
“We provide affordable commercial kitchen space and hands on technical assistance to low income and immigrant entrepreneurs who are launching food businesses. So really what we do is transition informal entrepreneurs – mostly women, mostly immigrant women who’ve been cooking on the streets, or to their friends and family – from the informal economy to the formal economy.” Listen to the story.