VIDEO: The Lady That Sells The Mangonadas

En Español.

Mónica Rivera is in a state of limbo. The Tijuana native is one of the dozens of unlicensed food vendors that operate in San Francisco’s Mission District. Her husband, who started the Mexican snack cart six years ago, was forced to return to his native Peru to apply for a U.S. visa, leaving Mónica to operate the cart on her own.

A naturalized citizen and former postal worker, Mónica says the cart provides enough to pay the bills and allows her the freedom she needs to manage the family — all by selling low-cost fare like salty sweet mangonada slushes and fruit slices topped with lime juice and chili. After going through a three-month course for would-be women entrepreneurs, Mónica found that taking the cart “legit” wouldn’t be worth it. She dreams of opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant with her husband one day.

10 Comments

  1. STEPHANY ARREDONDO

    ORGULLOSA ME SIENTO DE TENER UNA TIA COMO MONIS LUCHONA DIA A DIA X SU FAMILIA OJALA TODAS FUERAMOS ASI COMO TU TQM Y QUE DIOS LOS BENDIGA <3

  2. Monica is my neighbor and friend. She and her family are wonderful. They are always cheerful, friendly, and very hard working. Her kids are just like her… wonderful. I hope she is able to work everything out. She deserves the best.

  3. MARIA A. MARQUEZ

    MONI MIS RESPETOS PARA TI,EN REALIDAD TE ADMIRO POR TUS ESFUERZOS PARA SACAR TU FAMILIA ADELANTE CON DIGNIDAD,SIGUE ADELANTE AMIGA TE QUIERO MUCHO Y QUE DIOS TE BENDIGA SIEMPRE!…

  4. Gracias a todos x sus comentarios, me dan las fuerzas para seguir adelante bendiciones para ustedes. Thank you all for the nice comments, you give me the force I need to keep it up day per day, best wishes for you!!!!

  5. isa

    HOLA MONICA!!! MI AMIGA ERES UNA SUPER PERSONA NOBLE Y TRABAJADORA. YO CUANDO TENGO TIEMPO LA ACOMPAÑO EN SU CAMINO Y HABLAMOS DE TODO Y AHÍ, UNO SEDA CUENTA LO LUCHONA QUE ES Y CUANTO AMA A SU FAMILIA.POR MUJERES ASÍ EN ESTE PAÍS SE MUEVE LA ECONOMÍA Y POR TODOS LOS LATINOS! SOMOS UNA POTENCIA PARA LA ECONOMÍA DE ESTE PAIS.! MÓNICA REPRESENTA A TODAS LAS . MEXICANAS EN ESTE PAÍS!! Y TAMBIÉN A TODAS LAS MUJERES LATINAS EN ESTADOS UNIDOS.

  6. Pamela

    Clearly this person is breaking the law; she needs to be shut down. Maybe she should go back back to being a postal worker if her funds are so low.

    • someJuan

      This “Pamela” poster is a troll — a prejudice one at that. She frequents all the local blogs (Mission, Bernal, SF, etc.) where she negatively criticizes whatever, or whoever, the post/story is about. Especially when it involves minorities. Her trademark line is “Someone needs to shut this down” to anything that rubs her the wrong way.

  7. nutrisystem

    The way I and most people feel about stuff like this is: “It’s not a problem unless it’s a problem”.

    This woman selling fruit slices is NOT a problem. On the contrary, people like what she’s doing. Leave it alone.

    We’re all big boys and girls, and know that street food is not regulated, and can make our own decisions about whether or not to eat it.

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