‘Shop Local, Eat Local’ initiative donates cash to Karidat

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THE “Shop Local, Eat Local” campaign on Thursday donated its proceeds to Karidat.

Ina’s Kitchen Chef Sonnie A. Sablan, third right, hands a check to Karidat executive director Lauri Ogumoro on Thursday. Also in photo are Joeten’s Somia Quan, left, Patty Palacios, third left, and Ged Domingo, right, with Karidat executive accountant Judith Pangelinan, second left.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

The campaign is part of Joeten 2020 Initiative, a collaboration of small and big local businesses on island that aim to support small businesses, said Joeten marketing manager Ged Domingo.

It began with the partnership between Joeten and Ina’s Kitchen in January.

Joeten provided Ina’s Kitchen with the ingredients for a “one-of-a-kind” menu that was served for a month only.

Ina’s Kitchen Chef Sonnie Sablan came up with “Wet Burrito,” a delicious chicken breast wrapped in tortilla, sprinkled with grated cheese, and ladled with enchilada sauce. It comes with cilantro rice with butter and cumin.

In just three weeks, Ina’s Kitchen had already sold 241 Wet Burritos, Domingo said.

She added that Joeten wants other local businesses, especially small ones, to be “more recognized.”

For their part, small businesses like Ina’s Kitchen support other local businesses like Joeten, she said.

And the best part of this collaboration, Domingo added, is that a percentage of the proceeds go to a non-profit organization.

Ina’s Kitchen chose Karidat, a church-based charity, as recipient of the proceeds from the sales of Wet Burritos.

Karidat executive director Lauri Ogumoro said: “We are extremely grateful to them for thinking of us.”

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