For 30 years, Idalia operated a meat market in her home region of Michoacán, Mexico. When she, her husband and their four children decided to move to Texas, re-opening their business was a simple decision. Los Corrales Meat Market is now open in their new hometown of Mission, Texas.
Idalia says what makes her meat market different from others around Mission and surrounding towns is that they sell beer, spices and other items, along with meat. She also offers four food packages, all of which come with a free bag of charcoal. She says when she first opened her business, it was mainly to provide for her four children. Now her children and her daughter-in-law work with her.
Idalia’s son met and spoke with an Accion Texas Inc. employee and told his mother about the loan opportunity. Idalia is using her working capital funds to fix the refrigeration unit on the meat cases, as well as to purchase inventory, including meat and charcoal.
Additionally, Idalia hopes to join the world of 21st century advertising by developing a website in the near future.
Idalia is primarily relying on her children to run the entire operation and they have been doing a successful job so far. She maintains that without her children’s help, it would not be possible. She said she absolutely loves the atmosphere of working alongside her children.
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.