Francisco Sabuco came to the United States in 1977 with five dollars in his pocket and a dream of helping his family in Peru to have a better life. He’d grown up high in the Andes Mountains, in the small mining town of YauliAroya, and was poor in material possessions but rich in heritage and drive.
He married Glennys; they had two sons and later brought his daughter from Peru to the U.S. Hired to mow the lawn at the culinary water treatment plant, he worked hard, went to college, and attained the highest level certification in water treatment chemical operation. He earned an associate degree in environmental science/water treatment, a B.A. in human resource management, and retired after 31 years at the plant.
He’s co-chairperson of the food pantry at his church. An almost full-time volunteer, he helps provide nutritious food to about 3,000 people a month and has been told that he’s “trying to feed the world.”
He’s president of Amigos de San Manuelito. “I’m lucky to have had good opportunities,” he says, “and now it’s time to give something back to my home country.”