Our Financial Access Fair in Stamford, Connecticut was a success! More than 80 people received financial services and advice during the event that we co-organized with Building One Community on Saturday, October 5.
The Financial Access Fair was a family event where attendees from all ages from countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Costa Rica could have an approach to reliable and accessible financial services for the immigrant community.
We especially want to thank our allies and co-organizers at Building One Community for opening the doors allowing the access to bring these services to the Latino community. In addition, we appreciate the participation of Mastercard, Hispanic Federation, Consulate General of Guatemala, Consulate General of Mexico in New York, Consulate General of Colombia, Members Credit Union, Bank of America, First County Bank, US Alliance Financial, Women’s Business Development Council, Connecticut Fair Housing Center, SCORE and La Voz Hispana.
Attendees had the opportunity to open savings and checking accounts; they were able to obtain pre-approval of credit and business loans; information on the documents they need for consular services, as well as important information from the organizations that were present at the fair. In addition, 19 of 26 people received a graduation diploma for the completion of the financial education course that Qualitas of Life taught for 9 weeks at the Building One Community facilities. Participants were also entered into raffles for household appliances and gift cards.
Alberto, who attended the Fair and the 9-session course, mentioned that attending the course helped him to ask the important questions to open a credit account with one of the financial institutions at the fair “now I know what questions to ask to get the card I need.” Dulce Medina, one of our facilitators, told us that the participants were very committed during the course, “it is always very gratifying to see how the participants are cultivating the tools they need to have better financial security.”
It would not have been possible to help people like Alberto without the support of allied organizations, volunteers, facilitators, and all the people who collaborated in the Fair to create a bridge between financial service providers and the Latino community of Stamford.