As of Monday, July 2nd, we opened up our business La Lonchera: Pollo BBQ in front of San Pablo Hospital in Santa Cruz. Overall for the week, we made about $200 dollars, which I will admit is great, but at the same time, it's not.
When Mami and Papi applied for the COFECC loan, they requested for $45,000.00 because that is precisely how much we needed. We did not get that. Instead, we got $40,000.00. The problem is that not only did we spend that money, but Mami and Papi spent money from their own pockets to get most of what we needed. Since this place has been closed for three months, we have to start from scratch.
The next problem is that since we have to start from scratch, we are having to use the money that we earned from customers on things we need, but were not able to get before. Yesterday, we went to Jose Santiago to get ketchup packets and paper and plastic bags. This also means that Mami and I won't be getting a paycheck anytime soon. But truth be told, I don't really care about that. What really worries me is that Mami and Papi will be going behind on bills and such. Which ones, I have no idea. But knowing that they'll be about a month behind worries me greatly.
I just hope that soon, we'll be doing better as far as business goes. I know we have a slight disadvantage since neither Mami and I can speak Spanish, but I know things will get better. They have
to get better. Here's hoping... Edit 08-07-12: And worse it just might get. Right now we have Angelo, my cousin's boyfriend helping us out. But at the moment, we don't have enough to pay him...or ourselves for that matter. So Mami was talking to Myriam a while ago and Mami said that we might have to let him go. Here's the problem, aside from Papi, we have no one else who speaks Spanish to help us. With Papi still having to keep his job at CVS, we're a bit stuck because on says that he has to work from midnight to 7 or whatever, he doesn't get home until 9 or 10. So this leaves Mami and I this many hours having to take on the customers ourselves. Mami even said that Tio Louis probably won't be with us long because she says that he gets bored too easily or something among those lines. I'm freaking out here. Really I am. We need some major prayers guys. I really want this to work.
Papi also said that he's going to as for a transfer at the new CVS store they just finished building near San Patricio and also ask for the second shift so he'll be working from 5 to midnight. That way we'll have him in the morning. Let's hope this works.