What has your experience been opening a business in the Mission?
It’s been a great experience — better than when I had a home-based business.
What gave you the Idea to start your own business?
This was so many years ago, so it’s kind of hard to answer. Well, I was working at a job that wasn’t very stable so I decided to start my own business.
Back in Antigua, Guatemala, Sofia Lopez had a small business selling items like pocketbooks, belts and wallets on the vibrant main square. She had always wanted to run such a venture and was achieving success … until violence compelled her to leave her homeland a decade ago.
Juana and Raul Ttito immigrated to the U.S. eight years ago, the doting parents looking to follow their grown daughter … and with the dream of a better life for themselves and their two other children. The industrious couple, who were always artisans, had a successful business for 15 years in the Andean city of Cusco, Peru. They started as street vendors, later taking their concept into a brick-and-mortar location.