Impact Stories

Small Business. Big Impact. 

We are proud of our clients who add vibrancy to our communities while creating a pathway to prosperity for themselves, their families and their employees. 

 

At LiftFund 86% of our clients are entrepreneurs of color, 40% are women and 26% are startups contributing to the local economy and making a difference in their communities. 

 

Read about our clients’ entrepreneurial journey and get inspired by their passion, commitment and resiliency. 

BIPOC Owned

David Lara

Southtown Barbers

For David, cutting hair is more than a service, it’s an art. He spent years working as a popular stylist for local salons and barber shops, so when he opened his own business, his clients were eager to follow.

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Jose and Cecy Rodriguez

Paleteria San Antonio

Jose comes from a long line of successful entrepreneurs — he met his future wife, Cecy in 2012, while both were working at his father’s shop — but he aspired to create his own small business success with paletas, an iconic, icy dessert. So in 2015 he opened Paleteria San Antonio at his father’s restaurant to test the concept and to perfect the product. “I make paletas as if they were for me, my wife or my daughter,” said

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BIPOC Owned

Mona & Erik Saenz

EOB Essential Oils Bracelet

Mona Saenz never dreamed of leaving her successful corporate career. After surviving a near-death experience due to her autoimmune disease, Mona found herself with a new dream and passion for a new business.

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Jose Daniel Saenz

Swine House

Jose Daniel Saenz was a butcher living in New York City, but he grew up in San Antonio, TX. When he noticed the big changes happening in his hometown, he knew it was the right time to return home and contribute to its growth.

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Mareli Demarchi Flores

Framboyant Learning Center

Mareli Demarchi Flores, owner of Framboyant Learning Center in McAllen, embodies the American Dream. She grew up in Jaragua Do Sul– a small farming town in Brazil– where she dreamed of becoming a teacher in America. According to Mareli, everyone in her hometown pulled together as a community.

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