Over the last 20 years Dolma Tibetan Handicrafts, a family owned business, has established itself in areas like Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Menlo Park in hopes of providing quality handmade carpets to the community as well as collective items.

After dabbling in the scarf business Yonten Raza created Dolma Tibetan Handicrafts in Menlo Park, where her goal was to satisfy her customers and provide them with a carpet that will not only last their lifetime but have the ability to be passed on from generation to generation. She also hopes that her business will continuously provide support for not only her family but also those who create the carpets she sells.

Throughout her store’s history in Menlo Park, Yonten has recognized the safe environment that is Menlo Park, as well as the generous community members who are kind enough to stuff the clothing through the door at times when she forgets to put it in herself the night before. Through her work, Yonten has loved meeting new people and creating friendships through the carpets she passionately sells, and has felt “grateful” and “fortunate” to be a business member in Menlo Park.


About the photo-journalist: Jose Sainz-Medina

This collection of photographs and articles serves as a form of storytelling; it highlights business owners who have established their roots in Menlo Park and have faced challenges, as well as notable achievements throughout their lives. Jose Sainz-Medina hopes to serve as a visual storyteller. A storyteller who can interpret the stories that people, like business owners, want to tell about themselves and their business, explaining who they are and what their business provides to the community. After four years of studying photography and two years of journalism at Eastside College Prep high school, Jose developed a love for both visually and verbally communicating to those who are willing to listen.  In his spare time, Jose spends hours at his local Starbucks making coffee, as well as focusing his photography towards architecture and natural landscapes. In the fall, Jose will face his own challenges as he begins his college career at the University of California, Riverside.