Mimi’s mother was a country girl who ventured into the city to finish college and find work. Unfortunately, she only finished high school, which closed a lot of doors for her. Unable to find work, she resorted to peddling different products on the street. It's a grassroots kind of entrepreneurship that gave her family a steady source of income.
If she could not realize her dreams for herself, she labored from dusk to dawn to make them possible for her five children. For low class families, this life can be hard on the body and spirit that she was once derided by a relative, “If you can’t send them all to school, don’t. You’re too ambitious!” Nonetheless, she went on working from sunup to sundown to peddle goods like handkerchiefs and caps while her husband plied the streets as a tricycle driver.