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Skim through Luis’ Facebook page and you’ll find photos highlighting his style as a caterer in which guests flock to events to enjoy his homemade Mexican dishes. Through his business, Taquizas Los Pistoleros, Luis offers carne asada (grilled beef), tripas (beef intestines), al pastor (pork), menudazo (soup), aguas frescas (fruit drinks), salsas (sauces), and tamales, all served with your choice of a side of rice or baked potato and a variety of drinks ready for delivery.

Residing in El Paso, Texas, Luis – who is originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico – has one and a half years of experience as a caterer. Along with his staff of four, Luis serves any style of party, but to keep up with his business, he ventured to Project Vida, a community education center, for assistance. Project Vida then informed Luis about nonprofit microlender Accion Texas Inc.

Luis applied with Accion and was approved $3,275 to purchase foods and secure catering contracts.
His next goal is to hire three part-time employees. Check out his Facebook for a more personal look into Luis’ love for his business. You can find him here:!/.

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About LiftFund

LiftFund. ( 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

About United States

  • $54,800
    Average annual income
  • 16
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    United States Loans Fundraising
  • $12,673,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $3,275 helped Luis to purchase inventory and secure catering contracts.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 4, 2013
Jul 9, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 26, 2014