The Way I Am
Produced by Desiree Cousineau
Translation by Denise Jared Dosta Vázquez
At 87 years old, Josefina Rosales Centeno has seen many things change around her. Nothing outside the doors of her modest candy shop and home has stayed the same, but for Josefina there is one constant. A woman’s first and most important role is in the kitchen.
Josefina grew up poor and began working as a young child. At the age of 16, Josefina became an unwed mother, something quite unheard of at that time in Mexico. She never married the father of her son and found that her only option was to become self-sufficient.
She put the skills her grandmother taught her as a child to use and began to make and sell caramel candies out of her home. Today, her candies are sold in many local businesses in Tenancingo and she welcomes locals into her home every day for lunch.
After decades of working every day, Josefina has become a self-made businesswoman, yet she still doesn’t see her role in the community extending past her kitchen walls.