As Christian graduated from UTSA, the University of Texas at San Antonio, she didn’t hesitate to take her accounting degree to the bank, which then informed her of nonprofit microlender Accion Texas Inc.
Once she applied and was approved for a loan, McAllen-born Christian opened High Style in one of the four major malls in San Antonio. Since the grand opening of the shop in June, 2013, the 26-year-old has already hired four employees and is expecting to hire a manager.
The Accion loan helped Christian purchase inventory and pay her employees. Selling bags and accessories, but mostly shoes, Christian needed to purchase more of what she already sold out on.
Accion Texas Inc. (www.acciontexas.org) is an award-winning nonprofit organization 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, Accion 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.acciontexas.org.