There are not many grocery stores in the town of Fort Hancock, Texas, but Maria owns and operates one of them. It serves a population of 3,476, many of whom must make an hour drive into El Paso for their groceries if they can’t buy locally.
Taking after her mother, who brought Maria and the rest of her family to the United States for greater opportunities and to serve more customers, Maria decided to open her business, A. Grocery.
Within her store, Maria sells food, beer and other grocery items at low prices, she says.
Maria has been in business for more than a decade and has created five jobs. She says her most popular item is the beer. She sells approximately 1,000 cans weekly.
Seeing that Maria and her husband did not have enough funds to keep up with the store’s demand and costs to repair their larger refrigerator, they decided to turn to Accion Texas Inc. for assistance.
She says the loan was enormously beneficial to her. Now, when customers decide to shop at her store, she will have exactly what they need – and a perfectly running fridge to store plenty more.
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.