Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Ever since we were kids, we always saw how the media portrayed our community as the prostitution epicenter of the Dominican Republic. However, that is far from reality.
Our hometown Sosúa has one of the best beaches on the North Coast. The area is filled with locals that are friendly and welcoming to any individual. The nature is beautiful and the sunsets are breathtaking. The restaurant scene is great and it ranges from typical Dominican cuisine to German or Italian.
These are the things that we saw as kids and these are the things that we want others to see as well.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Ever since we started posting photos of Sosúa, we’ve been connected to many locals who shared their heartfelt stories with us. One of them, who lives in a poor community of the area, told us about the damaged trash is making to his neighborhood. Since we are very passionate about the environment, his story meant a lot to us and made us create a cleanup initiative called “Sosúa Limpia”. We are currently working alongside the local government and already managed to recruit over 50 people to participate in the cause.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
It is hard because in the beginning stages there is a lot to take care of. However, one of the key things to do is to manage your time properly. Get a planner and write everything down. Also, divide your tasks evenly within your team. This will keep everything organized and running smoothly.
Furthermore, don’t be afraid to ask people for help. As a community, we want to see other members of the community thriving. This means that in many cases people will help you while expecting nothing in return.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
If we are being honest, as a team we are grateful to have each other. Even though we come from similar backgrounds, we all pursued different career paths and because of it, we bring so many different insights and opinions to the table.
Manuel Casati is our photographer. He graduated from film school and is currently doing a Master’s Degree in Barcelona. He provides a lot of knowledge regarding the different emotions an image can create.
Gabriel Casati is Manuel’s brother and our editor in chief. He is currently a law student and uses his expertise in writing and languages to check the grammar and fluidity of our posts and website.
Yvette Merker is our business manager. She is a business student and provides helpful insights regarding administration. She also organizes our day to day tasks and holds everyone accountable when deadlines aren’t met.
Because of all these different areas of expertise, we are thrilled to have each other.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
We used our success to bring awareness to the trash problem in the Dominican Republic. As a nation, we don’t have a proper recycling system and waste management is inefficient as a whole. Because of this, we have partnered with locals, businesses, and Non- Profits to clean the Sosua River. For years the Sosúa river has transported terrifying amounts of trash into the Atlantic Ocean, affecting the environment, wildlife, public health, and local fishing businesses. Now a cleanup event is being planned, transforming our words into actions and we can’t be more proud.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
We like to live by Robert Swan’s famous quote that reads “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”
Even though this quote is tailored to help the environment, we apply this concept in many different ways. However, as a rule of thumb, we can’t expect everybody to take matters into their own hands. Don’t look at what other people are doing, focus on yourself, and the impact you can create on others.
It’s like participating in a track or swim competition. The more you look at the other competitors and their actions, the slower you get. For years, we’ve always wanted to participate in a cleanup initiative, but no one took the first steps to create one. Today, we took those steps, and now people follow our lead.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can check us out on Instagram under @thegoodlifesosua. We are also working on a website that will soon be available.