LONA Grantee - Business Expansion with the Purchase of a Catering Van



Mamacitas Cafe is an Oakland-based catering business that creates employment and leadership opportunities for young women who are having the hardest time finding and maintaining jobs. Mamacitas hires, trains and mentors women - especially those who are transitioning from the juvenile justice or child welfare system- in food service, management and leadership skills. The women are trained in a variety of skills in the food industry and beyond, including food preparation, customer service, time management, entrepreneurship and event-planning. 

LONA invests in Mamacitas’ co-founder, Shana, with funding to go towards the purchase of a catering van. A catering van would allow Shana to expand the business's service area, and ultimately hire more women. We fully align with Mamacitas’ goal to support young women entrepreneurs and focus on upward mobility for communities that have been historically overlooked. Oakland’s young women are extremely capable leaders, and LONA is proud to support Shana and her team as they offer mentorship and sisterhood that will translate their employees unique ideas and skills into concrete economic opportunities.