Candy Work

Photography by Yecenia Méndez

Dona Josefina Rosales is a businesswoman has worked all her life. At 87-years-old she prepares milk candies, which she sells to make a living. “I never thought of doing anything else,” she says with a lost look on her face.

When Dona Jose was a child, her grandmother wouldn’t let her play with other children. Instead, she would teach her to cook and prepare candies. She always stressed to her that woman should be in the kitchen, clean the house and take care of the children. Once she became a single mother at 16 years old, Jose turned her hobby into a way to support her and her son. She has been making and selling milk candies ever since.

Now, she lives in house that has seen her birth and grow old. While the world has changed around her, her candy making and her beliefs about the role of women have remained the same.

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Josefina Rosales, an 87-year-old business owner, has supported herself since she became a single mother at 16.