Fashion startup Dador has teamed up with food delivery app Mandao, to help us send baskets of vegetables, fruits and meats to families on the island.
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MANDAO X DADOR food baskets provide nutrition to Cuban families. Photo: Mandao

Havana-based fashion startup Dador, created in 2018 by Lauren Fajardo, Ilse Antón and Raquel Janero is promoting food delivery app Mandao’s healthy food baskets, for delivery to families in Cuba. Co-founded by Cuban entrepreneur Marta Deus, Mandao’s baskets provide healthy, locally produced food delivery to people in Cuba.

Thanks to this effort, those of us in the United States (and around the world) can order food baskets online, for delivery to friends and family on the island. It is trusted and transparent; direct from farms and small businesses to a family in Cuba. Your purchase supports not only the recipient of the basket but also helps small independent businesses to survive. This includes the farm, the driver and the delivery service. They all benefit at a time when promoting local food growth and ensuring that families receive nutrition is of utmost importance.

These healthy food Baskets cost $50 and will help a family eat nutritious fruit, vegetables, meat and yogurt. Each basket includes 10 pork burgers (made with 100% pork, white wine, pepper, garlic and salt) or a variety of 30 croquettes, 1 liter of yogurt, bananas, mango, guava, lemons, squash, yams, peppers, okra and cucumber. Fruits and vegetables vary with the season.

All of the items are locally sourced on the island. Chicken is available at times, so if the receiving family has dietary restrictions, please inquire. You can order for delivery to any family or a specific person if you’d like; Dador specifies how to do this on their website. Home delivery is only available in Havana at this time. Dador is also accepting larger tax-deductible donations via a 501c3 partnership with Sundial Initiative, Inc.

To learn more and to place an order for a delivery basket, please visit Dador’s website at

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Ken Deckinger is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Cuba and the executive producer and host of its namesake docuseries. A native of South Florida, Ken has been an entrepreneur for his entire professional career. Previously he was co-founder and CEO of HurryDate, pioneering the global concept of speed dating to 45 cities throughout the US, UK and Canada. HurryDate eventually evolved into online dating and was acquired by Spark Networks, the parent company of and Ken is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Florida, where he was honored with the University’s Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Under 40 award and sits on the Board for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He actively advises entrepreneurs and is a two-time protagonist of a Harvard Business School case study. Ken’s filmmaking and journalistic journey is inspired by a love of travel and authentic connections with other cultures. He believes that the more we know about each other, through stories, the closer we can become — thus the mission of Startup Cuba: to amplify the voices of the people sharing stories in the Latinx space. After living in New York City for 15 years, he encouraged his wife to move their family to Miami to get back to his South Florida roots. Needless to say, it was a short discussion and he and his family now call Boston, where his wife grew up, their home.

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