When Cornell graduate Victoria Amador started her commercial and residential janitorial business, Tremendous Maid, in Boston’s diverse Jamaica Plain neighborhood, she made a concerted effort to employ members of the largely immigrant, local community. A transplant from the Dominican Republic herself, she understands the hardships and pitfalls of which recent immigrants in the US are typically fraught. She saw her
business as an opportunity to make money, but also spread the wealth--a commendable, and actually profitable venture. Today, Victoria, who manages the company with her sister, Nisaury, and mother, Rosa, employs over 30 local immigrants within her cleaning crews and staff. But in addition to paychecks, her employees are also provided complementary courses in financial literacy and the English language; initiatives she says will save her money in the long run.