Alicia wakes up every morning to make 1,000 tamales a day that provide a dependable source of income for her family. She started by making tamales for friends and family, until one day she decided those tamales could make her dream of a better life come true.
With help from La Cocina's kitchen incubator program, she launched Alicia's Tamales Los Mayas. Soon, her business was booming, but she needed financing to keep growing. In 2014, Alicia came to Opportunity Fund for a microloan to buy a truck so that she could catch up with increasing demand and start delivering more orders.
"Love is not enough, you need resources to grow your business. Opportunity Fund believed in me when nobody else would."
Alicia recently moved her business into a 6,000 square foot factory in Hayward, employing 14 workers and producing over 24,000 tamales a month. She's a regular at Off the Grid in San Francisco and you can find her at our upcoming Taste of Microfinance event on 5/12. Join us!!!
"I'm grateful for my family - my husband Pedro, and our three children, Peter, Pablo and Grecia - who have supported me throughout this incredible journey," said Alicia.
Congratulations, Alicia, on all your tasty success. And congratulations to all the moms and entrepreneurs we've been able to invest in this year, with support from our community of donors. From the moms who run the incredible 'Opportunity Funded' businesses we support, to the moms whose donations fuel these microloans, it's a virtuous circle – and one we are thrilled to see growing!