Today we’d like to introduce you to Marta Aramini.
Hi Marta, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I was a restaurant employee when the pandemic hit and like many other people, I lost my job different times over the last few months. However, I consider myself to be very lucky because I am young, healthy and I have a legal visa. Even though I was unemployed, I could still count on the help from the government and focus on my interests and passions while staying at home. Many people did not have this opportunity. This is one of the reasons why I pushed myself to find ways in which I could help people and make my time without a job worth it. That is how in October 2020, I got the opportunity to start an internship for a non-profit organization called “The Borgen Project”. They are committed to ending hunger and poverty in the USA and around the world. I started my internship in the political affairs department. My duties included working with representatives and senators from California and discussing certain bills developed by the organization to fight poverty. The internship was obviously remotely and it consisted of different goals I had to reach every week. One of the tasks was raising money for financing programs to help poor communities to escape poverty.
At first, I had no idea where to start. But then I thought about what I love and what I can do best and how I could use this for fundraising. I have always loved to cook. Specially if the meal is for my friends. All my friends know that if they stop by my house there is always something for them to eat. So I decided to sell my lasagne. This is actually a dish that I can cook very well! Thanks to all the long afternoons I spent cooking with my mom and my grandma when I was growing up in Italy. Cooking Italian dishes full-fills my heart with amazing memories. So the time I spend cooking is always a sweet time for me. Honestly, I did not expect to sell that much lasagne and that’s what made me decide to keep going. This is how “butta la pasta, baby“ was born. I chose the name from a very typical Italian quote that people say when they are coming home, so whomever is waiting for them can start “throwing the pasta“ in the boiling water! This is the quote that my friends tell me now when they are coming to see me and it makes me feel like home in Italy.
Alright, 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?
Honestly, the main obstacle have been expanding the number of customers and making the page known by a wider range of people but, at the end, the reason why I started it all was just for enjoyment and eventually devolving profits to some other organizations as well so I am just going on with what I have now having a lot of fun!
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I studied political science, to be more specific human rights in Europe, at the (University of Milan). I have always been interested in humanitarian issues. I always try to do all that I can with my resources to help people from my community and my friends. I am really excited and truly happy to have something of my own that I can combine my passion for cooking and the possibility to help other people who need money or food in these hard times.
Any big plans?
My most immediate plan is to go back to school and become a teacher. I want to teach others what I’ve been learning for all these years, my passion for foreign cultures and languages to children. I will also want to continue my project with the “butta la pasta, baby!” I am currently looking for new collaborations to devolve the profits to help people in need. Not only in Los Angeles but all over California.
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