José Antonio Luna Mandujano
José Antonio has a story of pain but also hope. Originally from Mexico’s Oxaqueña province, José immigrated to the United States but became a victim of human trafficking at age 35. Rescued by his parents, he one day told his story for an informative video in the States. Through that process, he connected with the SBDC in San Diego.
José worked with the SBDC to create a “mini restaurant” — or tamale stand — transportable as well as integrating tables, chairs, and decorations for a location. His approach is bringing the Oaxacan gastronomy to the States, helping it to not be forgotten but flourish, he says. The entrepreneur adds how the SBDC not only gave him the financial support, tools, and knowledge to serve as a restaurant manager in San Diego County but also reconfirms “that I am not a lost cause and that I am not and will not be what I was made to be.”
José credits the SBDC and his business advisor with wonderful help, understanding, support, dedication, and patience. He says today he’s finally conquering the American Dream.