As we commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to celebrate not only our partnership with ParaMi but also the rich and diverse culture that this month represents. We’re excited to bring you this special feature that not only unveils our United Way x ParaMi apparel collection, but also shares the voices and experiences of Latina women from Kansas City.
Founded by Veronica Alvidrez in 2020 with Nayelly Serrano-Dantzler, Erika Reza, and Silvia Marin, ParaMi is a Kansas City’s first Latino women-owned lifestyle brand. We created an apparel line designed for our donor network, Mujeres Unidas, Women United. This line will be available to shop soon in our United Way online store.
Ana Nubia Duin is Co-Owner of La Mega KC. Born in the state of Hidalgo in Mexico, Ana moved to the United States at the age of 14. “I have never had a problem with my cultural background. I identify as an American now since I am a US Citizen, with a proud Mexican background.”
“Latina means different, strong, family oriented that will teach her kids to do things the right way and with the same values that I was brought up with.”
During Hispanic Heritage Month, we asked Ana how individuals from diverse backgrounds can show respect and appreciation for Hispanic culture during this month and beyond. She says, “Ask questions. If you don’t know a culture and don’t understand traditions, all you have to do is ask and show that it is something you are interested in and also respect.”
Ana thinks that there is one thing that really stands out in her culture: the food of Mexico. “The flavors, the colors and the most interesting part of it is, each state in Mexico has its own and unique flavor. There is so much diversity and richness and we love to share it with the world.”
When asked if there any specific initiatives, events, or organizations she is involved with that promote Latino culture and heritage, Ana notes El Centro Inc., Guadalupe Centers, Mattie Rhodes, and CABA.