MarketShare is excited to introduce our first class of MarketShare Fellows! Congratulations to both Jackie and Rosario! Follow their journey here on our blog as they build mobile food businesses from the ground up to feed hungry Seattle foodies like you!

Jackie Nkirote

My name is Jackie Nkirote. I was born and raised in Kenya. I relocated to the US in the winter of 2005 and I have called the Pacific Northwest (PNW) home ever since. I enjoy hiking the PNW, paper crafts, and cruising the scenic 101 Highway during the summer. I also enjoy Suzanne’s Collins Hunger Games trilogy and discovering the year around films offered by Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Some of my favorite foods are Nyama Choma (roasted meat), Thai Larb Gai and bacon

.When I received the Market Share Fellowship, I was filled with joy because I could finally begin my journey towards a lifelong dream. I realize with this opportunity comes the task of building a financially stable business. I welcome this challenge and hope to build a sustainable, eco-friendly business that stands the test of time.

Rosario Carver

My name is Rosario Carver but really everyone calls me Chato. I was born in Manila, the biggest city and the capital of the Philippines. I grew up with my 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Our home address in Manila is #12 Seattle Street, which was intersected by Aurora Ave. So really I can say that I grew up in Seattle! I spent my Senior year in high school as an exchange student in Kansas City Missouri at Raytown High School. I emigrated to the United states in 2002 and met my husband John Carver who grew up in Seattle on Capitol Hill. He taught me the rules of Football and is a huge #12 (Seahawks) fan. Our son, Andrew, is nine and knows to wear purple on Saturdays.

Some of my favorite things about Seattle are the great people, the awesome fresh fish and produce, and we rarely get snow!My favorite foods are really diverse. I love different cuisines but really give me some dark chocolates, some crab in coconut milk and potato chips and I’ll be happy. Aside from cooking and taking care of my family, I enjoy gardening in my little p-patch near my home. Actually, I have 3 plots! 

When I received the news about being part of this awesome opportunity I was sitting at my computer and just gasped out loud. John was sitting about three feet away and knew instantly. When I was finally able to talk I was so excited I did not know what to do! I think my biggest challenges as a business owner will be two things... first off I have to say that I really believe good food speaks for itself. Getting people to try my food and trying to fit my style to this market will be my main challenges. And this is why I am so happy to be able to have these great people mentor me and help figure this out. This is a really special chance of a lifetime and I am so excited to make this happen.