Pasos al Éxito
Pasos al Éxito supports building the economic development capacity of rural Latino community participants.
The Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs states, "Latino families have much strength, including stability, youthfulness, a commitment to the well-being of their children, a strong work ethic, and an ability to develop cohesive communities."
The Pasos al Éxito program is designed to capitalize on those strengths and empower, support, and arm rural Latinos with resources necessary to ensure a basic foundation of financial literacy and clear, informed steps in creating or strengthening a microenterprise. Financial literacy leads to making smart financial decisions, the development of smart financial habits, and can have positive effects on the health of an individual, family, and community.
Pilot Program a Success
Pasos al Éxito: Steps to Success was first delivered as a pilot program in seven regions from 2011-2012. The work of the pilot has established connections and secured a reputation for the program that allows Pasos al Éxito to be a trusted resource for rural Latinos.
- 12 jobs created or saved
- 14 trainings delivered – 7 Financial Literacy, 7 Starting My Business @ Home
- 140 Rural Latinos served
- 42 business mentors recruited
- 60 hours of technical assistance provided
- 6 webinars delivered – Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, Business Oregon, IRS, Oregon Latino Agenda for Action, Oregon Microenterprise Network and Adelante Mujeres
- 7 Oregon communities served – Hermiston, Boardman/Umatilla, Klamath Falls, Ontario, Nyssa/Vale, Silverton and Molalla
- Region Identification & Partnership Development
- Financial Literacy Training
- Entrepreneurial Development Training
- Site Visits and Technical Assistance
Personal Statement from Arcelía G. Avila, a participant from Klamath Falls, OR
“About two years ago, I lost my job, and because of this situation, I began to search for some way to support myself. Last year, in November, I started my own business for organic coffee but became discouraged very quickly and stopped selling. With the Pasos al Éxito program, I discovered the tools for how to persevere, and for creating publicity for my small business. The Pasos al Éxito program taught me how to start my business, the tools that I need and helped me to find them, and the technical assistance programs that are available, which I did not know before and which I thank both this program and the community for.”