Meet Prospera’s Entrepreneur Fellows 2019-2021
Ana is from Michoacan, Mexico where she lived until 1996 when she came to California. She has worked with the LGBT and immigrant communities through activism. She previously worked as a teacher in rural areas throughout various Mexican regions. She also began a cooperative in 2014, which she ended two years later. She is now in the beginning stages of starting a second coop for childcare in the Bay Area, The Nanny Collective. She has five years experience as a nanny and has grown very passionate about being a nurturing presence in the lives of children which is what is motivating this next entrepreneurial endeavor.
Anahi Rojas is the founding member of Professional Eco-clean (PEC), a new Oakland based worker owned cooperative that is in its second year of operations. Anahi is from Guanajuato, Mexico and migrated to the United States 12 years ago and is the proud mother of Emmanuel and Alexa. Anahi has over 9 years of experience as a worker owner of several housecleaning cooperatives; she is a graduate of Prospera’s 2016 fellowship program and was subsequently selected to participate in Democracy at Work Institute’s Immigrant Cooperative Leadership program. As the founding member of PEC, she manages all aspects of the business, recruits and trains new members.
Nancy Rosales is a Bay Area native and a first generation Mexican American whose parents migrated to Watsonville to pick strawberries through the Bracero program. Pepitos Paletas began in 2007 as an ice cream company. The business later transitioned to paletas when Nancy realized that there wasn’t a choice for organic and authentic paletas in the area. She is a vibrant and determined entrepreneur with so much creativity that shines through her product. Nancy aspires to involve many more Latina women in her project to expand the model and be present with paletas in all the corners of the Bay Area. She values authentic traditions and makes sure that every paleta flavor is connected to her Mexican roots. The paletas are all abuelita (grandma) approved!