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Meet Cynthia Gonzalez of Salvies Who Lunch in Koreatown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cynthia Gonzalez.

Cynthia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Salvies Who Lunch started as a simple hashtag over a weekend lunch with friends. That Monday morning in conversation with co-workers and one of my bosses, they noticed the excitement on my face of being able to connect with others who share the same culture and background as mine. That’s when they encouraged me to see this as an opportunity to create a space for my community that was longing to connect and find representation. From that day on, I started social media accounts, registered Salvies Who Lunch and began the mission of creating a space of visibility and positive representation of a community that is under-represented and marginalized under this political climate. One of the goals is to highlight individuals from around the country that are doing incredible things for the community and striving, despite the stereotype of MS13 and pupusas. SWL’s inception started at the end of January and since then the platform has grabbed the attention of many business owners, community leaders, artists, entrepreneurs and public figures who have shared, reposted about the mission and continue helping SWL reach more Salvadorians and individuals looking to learn more about the culture.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I believe that any idea, project and most importantly: dreams have its own challenges. They can be personal, financial or emotionally challenging. When I started my journey with the Salvies Who Lunch platform, one of my concerns was being scared of launching something new, overthinking and asking myself if this was something that was needed for the community or if people were going to understand the mission or concept behind it. So far, the community has responded with love, positivity and a lot of encouraging words and this gives me hope and continues to inspire me to create the network much needed for the community.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Salvies Who Lunch – what should we know?
Salvies Who Lunch is a platform dedicated to highlight Salvadorian business owners, artists, entrepreneurs, educators and creative souls. SWL looks to create networking spaces for Salvies to come together, connect and empower one another. One of the things most proud of the Salvies Who Lunch movement is breaking through barriers, showing solidarity on an intersectional spectrum ranging from 18-55 age group and embracing the LGBTQ umbrella. This movement is unique as it focuses on sharing historical fun facts, features amazing individuals across the country, promotes unity and brings nostalgia in small doses of sassy cultural sayings as it creates networking opportunities.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Some of the qualities I feel most important to succeeding is being aware of one’s surroundings, staying humble and always remembering what motivated us to start dreaming in the first place.

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Photo Credit to @salvieswholunch and @photoslavesforlife

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