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Inspiring Stories from Keys

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Miami’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out inspiring stories from Keys below.

Horacio Ramirez, Elizabeth Ramirez

I spent many of my childhood years in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Located in Mexico’s Pacific coast I grew up on my grandmother’s homemade meals and the fresh seafood the coast had to offer. When I arrived to South Florida, I decided to put this knowledge to use and opened one of the first Mexican and Seafood restaurants in Homestead. Read more>>

Nancy Davila

Well since my childhood, I’ve always had a creative mind and always okay with just being by myself as a kid. I remember making castles out of tree branches and old wood my father had lying around from his lobster traps.To most kids, growing up in the Keys was boring, but me…the backyard was my kingdom and my bedroom was my tower. Read more>>

Katherine Oliveras

I was working an office job in Doral while living in Homestead. I was needed in the office every morning at 7:00 AM which meant leaving my home at 5:45 every morning to barely get there in time. My work day would typically end at 4 PM, however the traffic coming home would typically have me arrive to my kids around 6. Read more>>

Sabrina Alvado-Troutman

Well, I was a sophomore in high school about four years ago when this all started. I needed extra money to help around the house with my mom and so I thought, “why not sell something at school?” At first I didn’t know what to sell since everyone else sold chips and candy. Read more>>

Wendy Ivelisse Rosario

Well I’m a crafter at heart. Born in Puerto Rico, raised between Puerto Rico and New York. I grew up in a family where the women were all seamstresses. So it became 2nd nature to me. When my teenage years came along I saw one of my aunts with needle and thread creating a beautiful doily. Read more>>

Rocio Leiva

I have always had a special connection with children. I started working in childcare right out of high school, and I haven’t stopped since. This year ABF had it’s ten year anniversary. We won the Children’s Trust, “Program of the Year” 2017 Champions for Children award! Read more>>

Cindy Garcia

I had never heard of clove cigarettes but wondered what that strange smell was in the gothic nightclubs. So I began asking around town where I could buy them and nobody knew. So I did a bit of online research, learned about their makeup and origin, then called the company that imported them from Indonesia. Read more>>

Nicole Rodriguez

I am a 35-year-old, wife, mother of six, and an Early Childhood Educator. I began this journey at our local Public High School several years ago…never thinking this is where I would be today. In 2015, I got that “itch” and a little push from some of my high school students that it was time to expand what I was doing and go “bigger”. Read more>>

Justin Easthall

A British citizen working in London, I met a girl from Miami – we are now married with 2 children – we immigrated to South Florida about 7 years ago where I set up a small boutique website design firm. I’m trained as a graphic designer with a degree in GD from Bolton University, Manchester England. Read more>>

Valerie Allen

Veteran Connection opened its doors in 2015 as a result of the dire needs its founder overcame years ago, recognizing that something was missing when it came to assisting homeless veterans. Valerie, the Founder of Veteran Connection persevered to overcome the tests and trials of being a homeless veteran in the southern United States and seeks to provide viable assistance to her peers and veterans immediate family members who are in such a dire predicament. Read more>>

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