Meet Prospera’s Entrepreneur Fellows 2019-2021
Ana is from Michoacan, Mexico where she lived until 1996 when she came to California. She is the proud mother of Metzli, Alitzel and Erendira. 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.
At the age of 20 Anahi was on track to study law and was working for a local politician in Mexico when she decided to migrate to the United States. Her plan was to return with enough financial resources to develop college student housing in her hometown and help address critical issues her peers were experiencing such as drug addiction. In the U.S. she started out working in bakeries, grocery stores and restaurants where she experienced exploitative working conditions. She then spent the next several years as a worker-owner for various house cleaning cooperatives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she pursued every possible learning opportunity for developing a business. One of those opportunities has been with Prospera, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing Latina-owned worker cooperatives. In 2017 Anahi launched Professional Eco-clean, an eco-friendly house cleaning business that is dedicated to the personal and professional development of its employees. All this time she has continued to provide financial and moral support to her family in Mexico, which has led to her mother launching a stationery store. Today, in addition to growing her business, she presents workshops for emerging Latina entrepreneurs on developing businesses with cooperative values. She is also actively engaged in feminist movements in Mexico and the United States, and is in the process of developing a social enterprise that has an explicit feminist mission. She is the proud mother of two with whom she instills her entrepreneurial and feminist values. She continues aiming for a life that has deep roots in both Mexico and the United States.
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!