Current State: Texas
Occupation/Title: Real Estate Agent & Investor
Hola! My name is Evelin Martinez, I was born in Los Angeles, California. As a baby my parents separated so my mother decided to send me to El Salvador where I was raised by my grandparents. I am now thankful that I had the opportunity to live in my country and learn the culture. I arrived back in the United States at the age of eight not knowing a single word of English. Being in a new country, new ways of living were very difficult. I grew up playing outside, running everywhere, and playing in the mud. But here in the states I felt like I was in a jail. When I started school, it was very challenging and due to the language barrier so was making friends. Ever since a very young age I experienced many setbacks, failures and obstacles, but I believe I have always had the heart of a warrior determined to rise.
I am a digital entrepreneur, digital influencer, and the creator of @lady _boss _tribe, an online world wide community that began on Instagram with the purpose of bringing small business owners and aspiring lady bosses together to learn and to empower each other. I believe in women empowerment and that we should build each other up. When I first began this online community I knew it was going to be a challenge, due to the fact that I am a Latina and you don’t see that many Latinas dominating in the online world . Currently my husband and I also run Insta House Buyers, LLC, a real estate company, which is also a male dominant field, and where once again I have to prove that I belong as a Latina and a woman.
What have been your struggles as a Latina?
The most challenging thing that I face in my life is the fact I am a woman and a Latina.
What does Latina Made mean to you?
I am proud to be a Latina and everywhere I go I shout it out with pride. We are in this country and we have adapted to its ways. However, I always remember where I came from, keeping my Salvadorian culture alive. I will make sure my daughter and future children know where our roots came from and how proud they should feel for being Latinos.
What made you who you are today?
I am who I am today thanks to the mercy of God and my brother, my husband, and my daughter. They have been my rocks. They encourage me, motivate me, and support me, no questions asked. I have faced so many challenges since a very young age and now that I look back I am thankful that I went through them because it made me the woman, the wife, and the mother that I am today.
What advice would you give to young Latinas in our community?
Don’t forget your roots, your culture. Be proud of who you are and no matter what you’re going through right now, push forward and it shall pass. The moments when you feel like giving up, [those are the moments] when you need to push harder, and remember it’s okay to ask for help.