Jim Grant has been active with Apoyo a GenteEmprendedora since moving to San Miguel from Austin, Texas in 2007. He has served as its president for the past 5 years. Prior to that, he was a board member with The San Miguel Community Foundation and with Hospice San Miguel. The majority of his professional career was spent in marketing and organizational development with a specialty in small business consulting and domestic and international franchise development.
David Leland serves as vice president of Apoyo. David’s education is in the fields of architecture, city planning and urban economics. His U.S. based firm provided development advisory and implementation strategies for both the public and private sectors, working with development organizations ranging from privately held firms to Fortune 500s, and more than 300 communities with a portfolio that includes 80 Centro revitalizations, 80 light rail transit stations, 50 urban corridors, and a host of smaller centers, corridors, main streets and greenfield communities. He continues to serve clients and communities in Central and Northern Mexico.

David’s philosophy is and has been to balance his professional workload between public and private clients and thereby maintain a continuous awareness of issues that always seem to arise when building successful public-private partnerships. One of his skill sets is the ability to work with diverse—and sometimes divisive groups to establish innovative strategies that lead to successful solutions for complex issues.
Daniela Franco studied International Affairs, and Foreign Languages from Lewis and Clark College and received post graduate degrees from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Human Rights, and Business Administration respectively. She worked as a staff member for Apoyo for three years to help found their Impulso program and has been serving on APOYO’s Board of Directors since 2015. She resides in San Miguel de Allende with her husband and two daughters.
Jeannie holds a B.S. degree in Biology. She worked in the fields of microbiology research, pharmaceutical sales and industrial water treatment. When she married her husband John in 1981, she moved to Missouri and worked with him in their agricultural and lumber businesses. They retired to San Miguel in 2000 and she has volunteered at a number of NGO’s here from that time to now.

Helping to improve the lives of the poor in the San Miguel area through education and a hand up has been her focus during the past 16 years of retirement. Outside of her volunteer work she loves to ride and train her Quarter horse mare in dressage and she enjoys photography and graphic design.
Carol Wicker has lived in San Miguel for 13 years. Her background is in education, and she loves teaching. She was a president of the Feed the Hungry Board of Directors. In FTH she began working on Family Gardens in rural villages in 2009 with the guidance of Ezequiel Mojica. She currently serves on the Feed the Hungry Advisory Board and the Outreach Committee of the Community Church.

Her area of interest in Apoyo is in enabling disadvantaged rural people to grow in self-esteem and empowerment through education.

María Guadalupe Cerritos Hernández
EMLP Coordinator
10 years working for Apoyo. Former Entrepreneur supported by Apoyo.With experience in Community Work and entrepreneurship Guadalupe was the first employee in the organization. Executive Director Assistant for 5 years and 5 years coordinating the Educational Micro-lending Program.

Mariana de Jesús Tapia Hernández
4 years working for Apoyo. Mariana is one of the rural graduates from High School Apoyo supports. After two years working as Program Assistant, she become on an excellent Program Coordinator.Her human quality and empathy with children makes the impulse program well-received in rural schools where Mariana carries out her work.

Erika Cruz
MAMÁS Program Coordinator
Social Psychologist by the University Institute Center of Mexico, four years of experience in Reproductive health, Nutrition and family gardens working for CASA A.C. Erika is the newest addition to the Apoyo Staff.

Cristina Licea
Administrative Assistant
Executive Secretary by the Maria del Refugio Aguilar Institute. 10 years working for Apoyo. Former administrator at ICPALLI (Interior Design Company). Cristina is in charge of the finances in Apoyo since 7 years ago.

Nicolás Antonio Sánchez Ortiz
With a wide experience in the in organic activities and community work, since 4 years ago Antonio has worked to Feed the Hungry and Apoyo in programs related to family gardens.

Apoyo and the San Miguel School for Special Education (EEESMA), forged a partnership to educate and help youths and recent graduates who are deaf or hearing impaired. Among the objectives are for them to become financially independent, and to live as productive citizens who set and achieve their life goals.

Apoyo provided a series of talks on business planning, administration, development of self-esteem and leadership training. 15 students from EEESMA participated in the business workshop provided by Apoyo.The students have started a Vocational Training program on sewing, jewelry making, carpentry, and cooking. They have plans to start their own business.

Congratulations to these future entrepreneurs!

- Business Management

The Educational Micro-Lending Program (EMLP) is the core program of Apoyo. In the past decade, EMLP has helped over three hundred individuals and cooperatives start their own income-generating enterprises by awarding micro-loans, and by providing workshops and support services. These no-interest loans are between two thousand and four thousand pesos (approximately $300 U.S.), and the workshops range in topics from leadership skills and teamwork, to overcoming personal obstacles, and to writing a solid business plan.

EMLP, in contrast with most micro-lenders, requires all applicants to attend its workshops in order to be eligible for a loan. This requirement serves two purposes: it gives Apoyo the opportunity to become better acquainted with the entrepreneurs and their projects before granting a loan; and it improves the applicants’ odds of running a successful business once the loan has been awarded. Afterwards, the loan recipients stay in close communication with Apoyo through its mentoring program. The repayment rate is over 87.5 percent. Apoyo’s assistance enables new business owners to realize their dreams, to support their families, and to become role models and catalysts for positive economic and social change in their communities.

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Dan Cameron Family Foundation -
Club Rotario del Medio Día A. C.
Community Foundation Sonoma County -
Garden Club -
Gobierno Municipal
House Of Welcome A. C. -
San Miguel Community Foundation
The Community Church Of San Miguel de Allende
The Te Foundation -
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SMA

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