Apoyo Empowers Entrepreneurs to Become Sustainable

By Robin Loving Rowland

“I really believe that education and training provide the quickest way to break out of the cycle of poverty,”  said Ezequiel Mojica, founder and executive director of Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora, A.C., who will present at Rotary Midday on Tuesday at Hotel Misión.

Mojica knows first hand about the value of education and training. Born in a rural village into a family of nine, he began working at age 10 and was proud to complete his high school diploma at age 25. Apoyo’s educational micro-lending program for the poor in central Mexico empowers rural and low-income neighborhood entrepreneurs by providing mentoring, management support, and no-interest loans to enable them to engage in income-producing activities.

Approximately 300 business owners with no formal education have benefited from Apoyo’s educational small business management projects, acquiring new values and a new mindset through financial education, raising self-esteem, security, and financial worth.

In 2012, Mojica was appointed as a representative of local community service organizations to the municipal planning institute, representing more than 100 organizations.

In 2014, Apoyo’s Financial Education for Rural Entrepreneurs program was named one of the 15 projects in this country that identify and foster the most powerful entrepreneurial ideas led by effective social entrepreneurs by the Ashoka Foundation, CEMEX, and Tecnológico de Monterrey.

In 2015, Mojica was named Rotary’s Citizen of the Year in San Miguel.

Along the way, Mojica has worked with CASA, Feed the Hungry, Warren Hardy, and Hospice. Come meet this inspirational community leader!

Rotary comprises dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. For more information, contact President Tony Ronci at roncitony@gmail.com. For more information about Apoyo or Mojica, contact ezequielmojica2@yahoo.com.mx, www.apoyomexico.org, and 120 1024 or 102 6014.


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