For the past three years, Jorge has worked as an independent practitioner offering emotional and psychological counseling for educational institutions. He is often consulted by the judicial system to counsel inmates. Prior to this, he worked for 14 years with multiple schools and colleges in his hometown of El Paso.
As the second youngest of nine children, Jorge says that, ever since he can remember, he has always been interested in people and curious as to why humans act the way they do. He received a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso before working with different agencies. Then, he decided to venture out on his own to allow for a flexible schedule and larger financial opportunities.
As opposed to other counselors, Jorge says he offers to work nights and weekends. “I don’t like to pull kids out of school,” he says. He doesn’t recall how many people he’s worked with, but says he currently sees 35 patients weekly and employs a biller. This Accion Texas Inc. loan is Jorge’s third with the non-profit microlender. He is using the funds for working capital, gas expenses and supplies.
Jorge’s business doesn’t have a website, social media page or even a mention in the city’s phone book, but successfully operates on word of mouth from people like probation officers and pediatricians. He says, without the loan, he would still be in business but without the financial security to fully and securely operate.
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