Total loan: $10,000


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Austin, TX, United States / Food

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A loan helped us build a gas line and fume exhaust hood for our new location to serve Al Pastor Tacos from a Trompo (fire spit), the traditional way of cooking it.

Miguel's story

I am a son of immigrants from Mexico who grew up studying and working hard, migrating to Wisconsin during the summers to work in farm fields as a migrant farm worker. I moved to Austin for college and realized how the Mexican culture was washed down and capitalized on by those with better financial means. So, I started selling breakfast tacos with hand-rolled flour tortillas from a modified popsicle pushcart downtown. I would wake up every day at 4:30 AM to have them ready by 7 AM at the corner of 5th & Congress in Austin. My brother Dani soon joined me in this mission and we began to show Austin the essence of Mexican cuisine: made from scratch, hard work, joyous, and very simple and incredibly tasty. Within a year we were able to grow from a push-cart to a food trailer. It is now a proudly owned and managed family business with strong roots in the community it serves. We have gotten a lot of following and retain a lot of customers based on the taste of our food and the friendliness of our team culture. We simply don't have the funds accommodate our growth, we would have to save for several years before we could afford a brick and mortar, meanwhile, big companies like The Hilton Hotel and others are opening up taco businesses which wash-down the culture and provide a non-traditional flavor of tacos which diverts eaters into the wrong idea of taco cuisine. We would like to be able to challenge them and the entire city to provide the real culture of tacos.