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Born in Nicaragua, arrived in Canada in 1988
Jesús grew up in the countryside,not far from the Pacific Ocean.
During the 1980s U.S.-funded right-wing paramilitariesterrorized the civilian population.
Following the death of his father,Jesús went to Costa Rica to work in construction.
He heard that Canada was accepting refugeesand saved up enough for a plane ticket.
When Jesús first landed in Canada,he didn’t speak the language or haveanyone to show him the ropes.
"For somebody that is new here,it's like you are on Mars."- Jesús
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Jesús has built up a diverse clientele but has little security. Every time the lease comes uphis landlord could dramatically increase the rent and Jesús could lose everything.
Nicaraguan staples include grilled sweet plantains and gallo pinto(literally "speckled rooster", a rice and bean mixture), served here with grilled chicken.
Ceviche, a traditional dish in Nicaragua's Pacific regionwhere Jesús is from, with tostadas de plátano (plantain chips).
In 2005 Jesús opened La Bella Managua,which remains Canada's only Nicaraguan Restaurant.
Jesús and his daughters, early 2000s. Alexandra, on the left,is now in high school and works part time at the restaurant.
Over time, Jesús worked his way up in the restaurant industry and started a family.
Jesús and his wife, Claudia, mid-1990s. Their romance began when Jesúsreturned home for the first time after immigrating to Canada.
Jesús’s first visit to Niagara falls.