On our second episode the The Face of Latina Professionals Podcast, we chat with Salma Torres about her incredible story and journey to get her to where she is today.
Originally from Mexico City, Salma came here with her mother when she was only five years old. From living in a garage in Little Village to an uncle’s basement then an aunt’s attic, Salma and her family faced many hardships and challenges while she was growing up.
In high school, her mom was deported leaving her to look after her younger brother until her grandmother could make it to Chicago to look after them.
Despite all the struggles, Salma says everything she’s gone through has helped shaped her into the person she is today.
“There's a lot of things, a lot of struggles and a lot of hard times that I think that's what made me who I am now as a mother, as a business woman.”
Salma’s now raising two beautiful daughters of her own and talks about how she strives to make sure they never have to struggle like she did. However, she discusses how her daughters can’t truly appreciate things the way she can because they’ve never had to go through what she has.
Join us as Salma shares how her story has shaped what being “latina” means to her and how the definition of being “latina” can vary based on your experiences. Her daughters also gravitate toward their Latina identity but to them, it comes from their own experiences and seeing how hard their mom works to provide a better life for them.