Published: Apr 26, 2011 2:39 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 26, 2011 11:36 AM EDT

A woman who immigrated from Peru 10 years ago is living the American Dream in Ft. Myers -- opening her second business, raising a family, and taking college courses.

"I love being here, I love America," said 40-yr. old Rocio Navarette, now a U.S. citizen.  She just opened a new restaurant, El Gaucho Inco, on Colonial Blvd. 

"I have dreamed for 6 years of having my own restaurant," she told WINK.   She and her husband run the place, along with other family members.

Navarette also runs a cleaning business in Ft. Myers, and is taking accounting courses at Hodges University.    She credits professors at Hodges with helping her plan the opening and finances of the restaurant.

Navarette has 5 children, and says she just wants to impart to them, that they can achieve their dreams, whatever those may be.

"I don't do this for the money.  It is to show the children," she told WINK.

The entrepeneur says her next venture may be an accounting business.