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Using her abuela's salsa recipe, this chef is helping people in need

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Using her abuela's salsa recipe, this chef is helping people in need

Lisa Vigil was inspired by her grandmother's salsa recipe and her family tradition of sharing, to create a line of salsas for the sole purpose of helping others in need. She donates 100% of the profits to charity.

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Estolia Santana - Lisa's grandmother

Vigil's company, Estolia's Food Products, is named after her grandmother who fled the the U.S. during The Mexican Revolution. "My Abuela never left the kitchen, and I'm carrying on that tradition," said Vigil.

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Lisa Vigil and Lorraine Alderette

Lisa started her food company in 2011, but launched Salsa Saves Lives  only five months ago. Each jar is dedicated to raising money for a charity that's close to her heart.


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chicken gumbo

While salsa sales profit charity, Estolia's Food Products are what keep the company going.  Their food's been available at Williams Sanoma since 2014 and was featured on HSN last year. 

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Alzheimer's

Alzheimers - Salsa Verde 

Lisa's family has been impacted by Alzheimer's several times. This salsa's raised money for Alzheimers Greater Los AngelesAlzheimer's Orange County and Leeza Gibbon's Care Connection.

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Leukemia

Leukemia - Classic

Lisa's father passed away from Leukemia, so this is another disease she is dedicated to helping find a cure for.  Profits from this salsa go to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

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Helping Rescues

Rescue - Salsa Asado 

Her asado salsa profits have gone to charities helping animals in need including  Neigh Savers FoundationRace for the Rescues, and Rescue Train.

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Hunger - Pineapple Salsa 

Profits from this salsa go to help the homeless and feed the hungry.  So far, she's donated to LA on Cloud 9.

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Giving Back

In just a few months her salsas have raised $2000 dollars for charity.  However she's hoping to raise much more now that she's secured distribution. She says she's in negotiations with two national grocery chains.  

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What to try them?

You can purchase Estolia's salsa at Estolias.com or on Amazon. If you're in Los Angeles this weekend, you can meet Lisa and try her salsa at the Vegan Street Fair in North Hollywood.

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spicy but delicous

We'll warn you though... the classic is hot!

At Circa Cares we share stories about people making a difference. Have an idea? Email me at sabrams@circanews.com, or send to  circa-cares@sbgtv.com.

Want to see what they're cooking?  Follow Estolia's on instagram @Estolias.

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