Since April, Maricela has been busy setting up La Quinta Drive-Thru, a drive-in convenience store complete with anything you would expect to find at a corner shop, except customers never have to exit their cars. Originally from Mexico, Maricela and her husband came to the U.S. to work as migrant field workers. After constantly relocating throughout the United States due to the seasonal changes, Maricela, her husband, and her three children settled down in McAllen. The couple began working as custodians for their current employer, the McAllen Independent School District. Maricela is excited to retire and work full-time at the store. Until then, she works nights and weekends, and her daughter will work during the weekdays.
Maricela spent her savings to set up the business and needed this loan for the final touches. This loan will pay for the roof that will cover the cars and will help Maricela to buy goods to sell. Maricela says, “All my life I have worked. When I retire, I want to have something that’s mine and that can secure a better future for my family.”
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.