Elsa H. started her business, Las Misiones Arts and Crafts, after she met a representative of ACCION Texas-Louisiana at a flea market a year ago. Elsa would sell crafts at several different venues, including the flea market, festivals, fairs and celebratory events. However, she only sold crafts on the weekends and could not secure a steady income. Therefore, when she was approached by an ACCION representative a year ago, she jumped on the opportunity to start her own business, something that she had always dreamed of!
Elsa will use this loan to buy inventory like pottery, paintings, statues, fountains, and Aztec and Mayan art to sell at her store. All of her inventory is bought throughout Mexico, with an emphasis on items from Guadalajara. Elsa hopes to eventually start more businesses in the El Paso area and to continue to improve her English. Her advice to people unemployed and looking for a job is, “Keep trying. There is help. You just have to keep looking.”
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.