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Adapted from the film Welcome to Shelbyville
directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder

Miguel is now a business owner!

Miguel recently opened Shelbyville’s first tortillería, a grocery that sells fresh tortillas daily and provides a range of products from Mexico and Guatemala. On any given day you’ll find Miguel’s wife, Guadalupe, chatting up customers behind the counter or his sons pitching in to make tortillas early in the morning. Reflecting on his lifelong dream to open his own business, Miguel feels a deep sense of pride in being able to contribute to the Shelbyville community in this way. All of the signs throughout the store are in both English and Spanish, because, as Miguel says, “I want this to be a place that everyone feels welcome.”

Miguel and his family continue to be an important hub for Shelbyville’s diverse community, but he emphasizes that a lot more needs to be done to build bridges with the Somali community. He knows it’s not easy for people to overcome cultural differences, but in seeing how similar the Somalis’ experience is to that of the Hispanics when they first came to Shelbyville, he is passionate about opening up opportunities for the Somalis to be fully integrated into life in Shelbyville. “It’s all about openness and communication,” he says, “it’s about making our community stronger.”


  • Thank God for people like Miguel and his family! They are what this country is truly about. Congratulations on the new business. May it thrive.

    Jay Clark said on May 25th, 2011

  • I saw the “Welcome to Shelbyville” video yesterday for the first time and decided to look it up online today and came across this site. I am so happy for you and what you have been able to accomplish, as a immigrant who came here when I was young and was afforded some of the best education this country has to offer, I hope to follow in your footsteps and not only have my own business one day but also continue to give back to the community. My new mission will be to get involved with more programs that work with immigrant populations, and I am interested in the “welcoming” project that you started in Shelbyville. I would love to hear more about how that’s working out on a national basis. Keep doing what you are doing; we need more people educated about the principles and liberties on which our nation was founded.

    Sandra said on June 21st, 2011

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