Clothing designer Nelson Rivera has been an entrepreneur since age 12

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, MassLive asked readers to identify people who are emerging Hispanic leaders throughout the state, working to make a difference in their own area of interest, be it politics, education, business or the arts.

These are people our readers have identified as inspirational, who may be doing good acts for their communities. They are being recognized for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to inspire change.

Nelson Rivera

Nelson Rivera at MassLive’s Springfield office. (Kamila O’Neill photo)

Nelson Rivera

Age: 31

Community: Holyoke

His story: Nelson Rivera is the founder, designer and creative director of Favela Streetwear, a clothing brand established in 2015.

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Rivera said he has been an entrepreneur since the age of 12, when he began working with his father to sell goods from electronics to

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