Tuesday, August 24, 2010

From the San Diego Microfinance Alliance

Take a look at this local microfinance spotlight. A woman named Rocio received a microfinance loan to buy t-shirts, bras, and socks, which she re-sold in the Tijuana flea market. Rocio works with La Maestra, a SDMFA partner and she needs your help!

"I make handmade crafts from recycled materials, such as soda tabs, bottle caps, and CDs. I have been doing this for the past two years. I also knit scarves, slippers, and purses. My family used to own a butcher chop but then my husband got deported back to El Salvador and I suffered a stroke. I began knitting as a hobby after my stroke, but it evolved into a business. It feels good to be able to do something after I had a stroke and to have the chance to teach positive things to people. I helped a blind Cuban woman make her own purses, and that was very satisfying because it helped this woman learn to be independent and have her own income."

Rocio needs your soda tabs, CD’s, and bottle caps!
You can mail the above materials to:
Center for Service Learning
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, UC 113
San Diego, CA 92110

To read more about Rocio's story on sdmicrofinance.org click here.

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