I am a woman. I am an immigrant. I am Hispanic … born and raised in Mexico. I am a proud mother of two and, for the past 10 years, an entrepreneur. All of these titles together would make my success story a statistical anomaly for any woman in 2018.
It took me seven years to receive a paycheck from my business, Half Moon Empanadas. More than 10 banks declined to finance our outpost at Miami International Airport. After a couple of evictions and the word “no” became a constant. I responded the only way I knew how: I worked hard, I dreamed high and I never hesitated to ask for what I needed. I reached out and found some doors that opened. I am pleased to say that Half Moon now has 10 locations in South Florida and, in 2017, our airport location was the best seller per square foot. More importantly, we offer employment to more than 50 people, 70 percent of whom are women.