Sarah and Manuel are deaf and have been in business for five years, using the sign language symbol for “I love you” as their signature on every wooden craft they complete.
Returning clients of Accion Texas Inc., the husband and wife create crafts from wood and run the San Antonio business S & M Crafts along with one full-time employee--creating items such as welcome signs, wind chimes, baskets, frames and other wooden home décor. Whether you are looking for something for yourself or a gift, you can find it here.
To earn profits, the couple attends craft shows where they present and sell their designs. To increase the number of craft shows they attend, they needed a loan. This is when they returned to Accion. Once they had applied and were approved, Sarah and Manuel increased their sales and secured spots at craft shows around the state.
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.