Maria Robledo

Always viewing her glass as half full, Maria Robledo’s perseverance and entrepreneurial spirit has been the key to her success.  Maria came to the United States more than two decades ago to make a better life for her and her son.  She reached her goal: her son is now a soldier in the U.S. Army and her vending business is now her full time job.  But achieving that goal was not easy.  As a young immigrant, Maria first worked as a maid and began learning English.  She got the idea to begin vending years ago while watching her son sell packs of gum at a neighborhood park.  What started as a lesson on the supply and demand of gum blossomed into a mobile food vending business, with a truck full of prepackaged foods, candy, and drinks. By maintaining consistent routes and a steady schedule, Maria has been able to grow her business and maintain a loyal customer base.

  • January 26, 2011    |   Economic Liberty

    El Paso Vending

    El Paso Mobile Food Vendors Challenge City’s Effort to Run Them Out of Town

    Should the city of El Paso, Texas, be allowed to turn itself into a No-Vending Zone in order to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants from competition? The Institute for Justice sought an answer to this question in a major federal lawsuit filed January 26, 2011 on behalf of four El Paso mobile food vendors. This lawsuit launched…

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