More than twenty years ago, Silvio came to this country from Nicaragua in search of a better life. And he found it: For 15 years, he has been earning his living as a flower vendor in and around the city of Hialeah, right outside of Miami. Silvio, however, was not satisfied with merely vending by itself. Instead, he used the income and contacts he developed as a vendor to expand his business and start distributing flowers from Ecuador to street vendors throughout South Florida, which they would then resell. Street vending has been Silvio’s road to economic success.