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Tamale Mama’s journey will make you happy…and also hungry

Cristina Leon is called the Tamale Mama and has become a well-known figure in her California community. However, her path to success wasn’t easy. She arrived in the United States without possessions, family, or friends.   

Cristina made ends meet through various jobs, including cleaning homes and working in a meat-packing plant. When her doctor advised her that this type of work could lead to health problems, her son, Ruben Angel Vasqeuz, stepped in to help. He and his mom started selling tamales out of their car at the Freson State Fair. When that proved a hit, they began selling them in their driveway.  

Through the power of social media, the Tamale Mama’s reputation grew, and eventually, she was able to open a restaurant.

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