The San Diego Microenterprise Project (SDMP) aims to promote economic recovery, encourage experiential learning and support community development. Microfinance is the practice of extending small loans to individual borrowers who have been traditionally denied access to credit.
Rocio Merino’s Success Story:
Rocio came to the United States from El Salvador with her husband and family. They owned a butcher shop, a restaurant and a supermarket in the San Diego area, until her husband was deported back to El Salvador. Rocio suffered a devastating stroke.
Her business allows Rocio to reinvest in her community and continue the cycle: “…I have the chance to teach positive things to people. I was helping a blind Cuban woman to make her own purses…this is very satisfying because it helped this woman to learn how to be independent and have her own income.”
Get Involved in Rocio’s Story:
--Stop by the CASA office to drop off your soda tabs and bottle caps!
--Attend a Microfinance meeting through the CASA office! Stop by for more information!