La Paletera de los Angeles - Fruit Bars, Cold Drinks, Healthy Delicious Snacks.

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La Paletera de los Angeles - Fruit Bars, Cold Drinks, Healthy Delicious Snacks.

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Mujeres de la Tierra

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Mujeres de la Tierra (MDLT) supports women and families interested in becoming active participants and decision makers in environmental and social issues impacting their neighborhoods in the Southern California area.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


La Paletera is up scaling the current “paleta” vendor model by selling healthy frozen fruit bars produced with sustainable business practices. The fruit bars and other healthy snacks will be sold from a colorfully designed solar powered cart. The frozen ice pop stick will be etched with environmental friendly messages in various languages. The objective of La Paletera is to become a micro-enterprise venture that will create sustainable jobs to the entry level workforce for women.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


MDLT is poised to launch La Paletera de Los Angeles in the summer of 2016, a social micro-enterprise spinning off the rich food diversity found all over neighborhoods in Los Angeles. La Paletera aims to reclaim a Mexican tradition of healthy and nutritious food offerings in the form of frozen fruit bars and natural fruit flavored waters. The model provides a creative entrepreneurial platform for women to develop healthy “paleta” and “aguas frescas” recipes by drawing from their culinary repertoires brought from their hometowns in Latin America and incorporate knowledge of the best health food trends in Los Angeles. The idea is to encourage women to innovate by intersecting the traditional with the new and create recipes that contain high nutritional values that pack a solid dose of vitamins and minerals in one serving.

Due to the high level of obesity in children in the Los Angeles County (23%) the Angelinos are becoming more focused on healthy living and lifestyles. La Paletera reflects a delicious healthy snack in an affordable alternative. La Paletera is a clear example that healthy and delicious can be available at a reasonable price.

We are not try to become the next designer but to take back our culture and the traditional way that paletas used to be made. This means no short-cuts using food coloring, sugar and artificial flavors. Only the freshest fruits, vegetables and water.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


MDLT will utilize qualitative and quantitative measures to evaluate La Paletera enterprise and the effectiveness of the small business Paletera as it develops in time. Data will be used to duplicate La Paletera business as the project grows. Daily sales by Paleteras will be documented and tracked. Feedback will be solicited via social media and on the spot conversation of buyer preferences and requests. Feedback will also be solicited from Paleteras regarding public comments, and impressions.
Paleteras will serve as positive role model for their families and neighboring friends and serve as links to anyone who is interested in learning about starting a small enterprise. This information will be tracked through pre and post surveys and assessments.

An important measure of success will be how this learning experience encourages paleteras to engage with other people in the community, their fellow paleteras, and other businesses within the community.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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