By MiKaela Wardlaw Lemmon
March 5, 2014
Maggie's Salsa

Living in a new country, homeless and on the streets, most would never think of becoming an entrepreneur. But Maggie Cook did.

Maggie emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico and overcame unthinkable odds to start her own business – Maggie’s Salsa. Her friends encouraged her to enter a salsa competition, and she won with a unanimous vote, sparking an idea that she could profit from her recipes. Although she was homeless on the streets of Charleston, W.V., someone gave her $800 to start her business. And because of her hard work and dedication, Maggie is the president of her own business and today her products are on shelves at Walmart stores across the country.

People often ask Maggie who inspires her to succeed, and she says, “Me.”  She encourages other women who want to realize their dreams to be courageous, step out of the box and do something you’ve never done before.  Because sometimes all the strength you need comes from within.


Editor's Note: Walmart proudly offers Maggie's Salsa products in our stores; however, as of Feb. 2015, this company is no longer a woman-owned business.