Our First Anniversary!

 

 

Hello everyone, I am excited to share with you the news that we are approaching our first anniversary on February 3rd this year! Since we have been open for business, we've been welcomed by our clients and followers, and we want to reciprocate the love with a little blog about who we are and how we got started.

 

Firstly let me properly introduce myself, my name is Maria Donis, I am 31 years old, and I am from Aguadilla Puerto Rico. I live with my two cats, Pancho and Sandy, and my little fish tank. I also have a dog named Lola that lives with my mom at the moment. I have worked the past 12 years in a homeless shelter, helping to house and lower the population of homelessness in Puerto Rico with Casa del Peregrino, Inc. a non-profit my mother founded back in 1998. I am proud to say I have helped many families and individuals to reestablish themselves into the persons they want to be along with a great team in our small shelter.

 

 

I also taught French as a second language in my old high school for a year, since my BA is in French Literature and Language. I stopped teaching to pursue my MA in International Relations at Madrid and came back to work at my current job. There was a point where I was juggling teaching and my full-time job at the shelter, while I also took private lessons. That has nothing to do with what I am currently trying to pursue, my first business, Bonito.

 

I started Bonito on a whim. I was battling with depression because I felt I was not fulfilling my dream of having my project, whatever that may have been. I knew that I have the potential of creating something on my own and build something with it. During this time I also was binge watching Korean Dramas on Netflix; mix those two and you have my new obsession, trying to build an online business selling Korean skincare.