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Flora began making donuts when she was 8 years old, helping her widowed mother provide for her and her 7 other siblings. At the age of 17, she left home and her mother’s business to pursue her own career in nursing. However, she became a nurse during war time and was injured in a crossfire, narrowly escaping with her life. It was then that she decided to go back to her roots, opening a donut shop based off her grandmother’s recipe and her mother’s inspiration.
Flora opened Delicias del Norte in 2005 with a friend who had studied entrepreneurship through Thunderbird for Good programs. Several years later, Flora heard about Thunderbird for Good’s 10,000 Women opportunity sponsored by Goldman Sachs and the U.S. Department of State. She attended in June 2012 where she and fellow female entrepreneurs learned business skills to take back and apply to their businesses in Latin America.
“The key to my success was that I put into practice everything I learned; this has made the difference in my small business.” -Flora Ortiz
Flora has worked closely with a few mentors and organizations that have helped her and her business. Her mentor through 10,000 Women provided support with her program completion and graduation. She also worked with TechnoServe, a non-profit that provides business solutions through technology. Through TechnoServe, she met another business owner, Claudia Neyra, who has helped her overcome her fear of public speaking. Over the years Flora has received numerous awards and recognition for female entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, and sustainability. See a list at the bottom of the page for all the awards she has received!
Lastly, to any aspiring or current entrepreneurs reading this, Flora says:
Put passion into everything that you do!
We can always persevere!
Set goals and develop them!
There is no need to leave your home. Stay and create jobs for others!
Remember, small businesses are important for the economic development of your country. You can do it!
Visit her website to learn more: www.deliciasdelnorte.com.ni
Awards Flora Ortiz and Delicias del Norte have received:
Honorable Mention for Increasing Exports, 2013
Environmentally Friendly Business Recognition, 2015, for owning and operating ecologically sustainable ovens. The only donut company that performs this practice.
Asociación de Productores y Exportadores de Nicaragua Female Exporter of the Year, 2015
Paris Gold Award for Innovation, Leadership and Quality, 2016
Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, 2016