‘The system was never created for us.’ Business owners of color still struggle to get enough COVID aid

Written by on February 22, 2024

For more than 20 years, Ilianna Salas's family has run a clothing store called 4 Kids Clothes out of a shopping center in Anaheim, California. Her parents, who specialize in designing custom birthday and celebration outfits for children, opened the shop after immigrating to the U.S. from Mexico in the early 1980s.

"They'd come in and say, 'get whatever outfit you want,'" Salas said of the families that would shop with their kids prior to the coronavirus pandemic. The business serves mostly Latino customers — she estimates about 60 percent are Hispanic — and used to . . .

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