Hundreds of thousands of Central Americans now are fleeing to escape violence, ecological disasters, corruption, inequalities, poverty, and the consequences of previous wars. From Mexico, these Central American refugees cannot enter the US and fear to return to Central America. These refugees want to work to create a dignified life so thousands realize the benefits of a permanent residence in Mexico.
Our ECOMIGRATION program has two main emphases. Read more in a PDF.
We are experts in helping low-income Central American families to get the training and finances they need to create and grow their own businesses. We have been looking for allies willing to help Central American refugees in Mexico. We talked with over 30 financial institutions during the last two years, trying to convince them to lend to refugees. We finally found one microenterprise institution that is lending to immigrants.
We formalized an alliance with CREAR, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in the city of Monterrey, Mexico (located just 3 hours south of McAllen, Texas or Laredo, Texas). They have lent to 618 Salvadorans. At our encouragement, their board has agreed to expand their lending to applicants from all the Central American countries. Read more / download PDF.
With our alliance, we work to attract donations and international impact investment to help immigrants in creating or expanding microenterprises. Furthermore, we will use our training expertise to build entrepreneurial skills to improve the chances that each business survives and thrives.