Small Business Saturday

Saturday Nov. 24,  11am-4pm
Art Produce Garden @ Herman St.

Support local women-owned businesses this Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a national event supporting independently owned businesses, an alternative to shopping at the mall. In partnership with North Park Main Street Business Association, Art Produce hosts local women owned businesses from STAR and La Maestra micro-finance assistance programs that make & import hand-made jewelry, art, organic kitchen/bath products, clothing & gifts.

STAR (Support, Training and Assistance to Refugee) Women is a business incubator in San Diego that enables refugee and other low-income women to start businesses, augment their families’ incomes and reduce or eliminate their dependence on public assistance. The STAR Center, started in 2006, is a partnership between Women’s Empowerment International, and the International Rescue Committee. The STAR Center provides hands-on technical support, business training and access to micro-finance loans in a culturally sensitive setting – and is proving every day that micro-finance works not only in developing countries, but also at home in our own communities where the need is often great.

La Maestra Micro-Credit Program for Women provides impoverished women in the San Diego area with the opportunity to be independent and empowered to better their own lives and operate sustainable businesses employing others. The program provides low income women with loans of $250, $500, or $1000 and helps borrowers establish credit and teaches the women the value of saving money with a built-in savings plan. In addition, borrowers meet weekly with the program coordinator and other borrowers to make their loan repayments and discuss their businesses’ progress. These meetings provide a forum for peer support, while encouraging the women to make their own decisions and learn firsthand about running a business.

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