Total loan: $7,500


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Bayamon, PR, Puerto Rico / Food

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Melissa's story

My parents are both from Corozal, Puerto Rico. A small town in the center of the Island with amazing food, breathtaking views, and strong culture, where my mother's father had a small food market (Placita de Mercado) with amazing local products and a butcher shop. Since I was very young, I grew up surrounded by good quality local produce and various meat products. I grew up helping my family business, attending customers in the store, managing inventory and watching my grandfather work very hard in many innovative ways, with a high work ethic to become a very successful entrepreneur. Being part of the corporate world at a very young age helped me realized that I was born to be an entrepreneur. I knew and was convinced of my entrepreneurial spirit and drive. I strongly felt that the corporate world was not for me and had its limitations in creativity, growth, and opportunities. I was skeptical because many culture dynamics that had nothing to do with the job indirectly affected the corporate team's results. I just felt I didn't belong, that I wasn't made for it. I've always had this unique passion for food, not merely as a necessity to survive, but an enjoyment much deeper. Food is so diverse, so rich, it is a real necessity and brings people together. My upbringing, family influence, personal and professional experiences brought me to become an entrepreneur in 2013, allowing me to combine my creativity, passion for business, marketing, and positioning strategies with my love for food. My grandfather's influenced not only my entrepreneurial drive but also my character. His vision, values, the way he treated his customers, and how he really served a purpose, genuinely making a difference with his business in many people's lives, was what made him successful. I believe that in the end, that is what makes a great entrepreneur, by the impact and difference we make with every idea, concept, or product. The opportunity and gift to create value, solve problems, and make customers' lives easier, with the possibility to make a difference by adjusting products and services to people's lifestyles, motivates me every day and gives me hope during these uncertain times.