By Maria Teresa Perez
Regardless of cold or heat, for the Salvadoran Elizabeth Aguilar, no excuses for not opening its tire repair shop “José Tires”, in the city of Houston, Texas.
“This business and always working with my daughters, together as a team, We have achieved their college careers”, he commented
Cindy, Cristina and Christopher, their children, They are the engine of your life, He said. The first is a master, and the second, studying criminology. Christopher, of 17 years, He wants to be a chemist.
While smiling to greet a customer needs a tire repair, recalls begun to work from when I was just a girl, to the 12 year old.
He said he was traveling by bus from Ciudad Delgado, San Salvador, to the cavalry barracks, in La Libertad, to deliver milk cow feed soldiers in the area, during the time of the civil war in the country.
With this helped her godmother, who gave him shelter and protection, since in the 80, in the hard days of the war in Chalatenango, he had to leave the terroir where she was born, San José Canton Sites, municipality of San Rafael, in Chalatenango, The Savior.
although difficult, She knew that her parents sent her to San Salvador to protect her from the dangers of civil war. Time after, January 1 of 1989 He left for the United States. 30 years have passed since then.
The twists and turns of life
Since 18 years, this woman, white skin and expressive eyes clear coffee, tire shop open seven days a week, after her husband died after a traffic accident.
"I had never changed a tire in my life". But, after being widowed, life completely changed. He had to leave his job as an assistant nurse and care for elderly people, to face reality and do not drop the business, and her husband had managed to set up five years before that fateful accident.
"The workshop just came with my daughters to visit my husband", counted Beatriz, who now smiles at the memory he had to learn, First the basics, then become an expert at work.
His hands are showing their long hours in front of a noisy machine where clean, remove and install tire rims of all sizes.
Beatriz manipulates the airgun, commonly known as the "cat" or "hydraulic jack" so so bold that their customers are surprised.
It just takes time to wipe the sweat running down his forehead, in these days of scorching heat (95 Fahrenheit degrees) and it is immediately reset to remove the "given" or "buckets" of a vehicle tire.
"These cubes are already well-worn, it would be better to change them for safety ", He recommended a business client.
His life, marked by difficult and painful events, As he commented, They have not taken the dream of returning to El Salvador, and establish a business. "Maybe a restaurant or tire repair workshop".
Many satisfied customers and ... a "machista’
usually, This type of work is done by men, for the same, it is not uncommon that they be surprised to see that a business like this lead it and observe a woman, he stated.
"I come here to repair my tires for two years, and I always leave satisfied because elsewhere do not work with the same quality ", He said Arturo De La Rosa, a customer who showed admiration for Beatrice and, in general, break schemes for women in the workplace to undertake work commonly developed by men, as in this case.
But not everything is piropo, and remember that once a man came to the workshop "Machon" that he sent to his home.
It states that the client told: "Women are to stay at home to care for children and sweep. You should not work and less change tires ".
this observation, his trial, male chauvinist, He gave more courage not stop. I had no choice but to go ahead, regardless of the opinion of the people ", he added.
According to the International Labor Organization, ILO, globally, women own and run over 30% of all businesses, but they tend to be concentrated in micro and small enterprises.