Total loan: $7,500


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Bronx, NY, United States / Food

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Felicia's story

My name is Felicia. I was born in the United States but I was raised in Mexico. My mom always told to us that there were a lot of opportunities for us in the states and we knew one day we would go back as she wanted us to have a better future. As the years went on in Mexico, it became harder for my parents to make enough money to raise 8 children. To help my struggling family, I moved back to the United States when I turned 21 with my brothers Steban and Alexis in search of the “American Dream.” My fiancé helped me with all the paperwork and decided he was going to move too. My passion was cooking, as being the only girl of 8 siblings it was my job to help my mother in the kitchen, and my dream was always to have a business with my brothers. My fiancé liked to cook and had always worked in restaurants. Once we were in America, I started making authentic Mexican food to sell at a marketplace. With money from our sales as we hoped to start a restaurant of our own. After years of saving and hard work, we met a guy that offered us a partnership in his deli in the Bronx. He was from Mexico as well, so we were naïve and trusted him but it did not go well and it took us a bit to recover from that experience, but we persevered and used it as a learning tool. In 6 months, we met with a restaurant owner who was looking to sell her restaurant. The four of us decided that we were ready to try again and make it happen, just us no partners.