Low income women use San Jose flea market to launch their own businesses.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – A San Jose, California based flea market has partnered with a nonprofit group to help low income women become entrepreneurs. As reported by MercuryNews.com, the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment of Silicon Valley, which has provided training and other resources for low income women with high potential for business success for almost two decades, recently assisted several women with the launch of their own start up businesses at the largest open air market in the world.
Inez Alvizar, a student of the program is quoted in the report as stating of her success, “My life has changed completely… I make my own schedule. If I want to work 12 hours, I do. I am my own boss.”
The Veracruz, Mexico native is further quoted as stating, “ALAS taught me how to market myself, and to help others out…I currently employ up to six temporary employees every weekend for events and have gone from $300 in inventory to almost $20,000 without ever taking out a loan.”
Gonzalo Martinez, small business trainer and consultant for the program, is quoted by MercuryNews.com as stating of the confidence women gain from the experience, “It’s normal for them to be fearful… We take them to the edge of the abyss but don’t let them fall. In the end, they become independent and give back to their communities.”
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