"I want to be able to teach my children how to run a "family" business, we are all part of the success."
The Mexico City native started selling fruit on the streets. Now, thanks to his mom's recipes and the help of Opportunity Fund, Noel is the proud owner of one trailer and two food trucks in East LA.
An entrepreneur at heart
The Little Machin is a mobile food truck parked just off of Cesar Chavez Ave that serves up tacos, quesadillas, huaraches, tortas, etc. along with some delicous aguas frescas. They are famous for their handmade tortillas, fresh ingredients and amazing customer service, which is always a big plus.
Owner Noel is originally from Mexico City. He came to the United States 18 years ago looking for a better future for himself and his family.
He started out working several low-wage jobs, but knew it would take more to reach his goals. Noel, an entrepreneur at heart, decided to start his own business. He began with a little cart selling fruit, and was quickly ready to expand. "Winters were very difficult, working in bad weather or rain wasn't safe for me or my family."
Noel then bought a small trailer selling quesadillas, huraches and tacos using his mom's recipes. The concept proved successful, and three years later he was ready to expand. When Noel came to Opportunity Fund's partner, Kareem's Carts, to buy a food truck, he didn't know how he would finance the purchase. He had some savings, but it wasn't enough to purchase a food truck. "I had no idea food trucks were so expensive."
"Opportunity Fund saw potential in my business."
Kareem referred Noel to Opportunity Fund, and we provided a $50,000 loan to fund the purchase. Today, with a second Opportunity Fund loan, Noel has grown his business to two food trucks and six employees. Noel’s family helps run the business, which serves authentic Mexican food using his mother’s recipes and high quality ingredients. “Building and growing a business is very difficult, but Opportunity Fund believed in me. They really care about the success of my business,” says Noel. "I want to teach my children how to run a family business. We are all part of the success."