Alfredo Martinez operates a small grocery store from a room connected to his home. He buys products at larger stores and sells them to his neighbors in Nogales, Mexico. He has been running this business for 4 years and has been borrowing from ProMex Group for 2 years. His inventory and sales have dramatically increased.
The United States (US) spends billions of dollars each year to keep Mexicans and Central Americans out of our country with mixed results and this strategy only addresses a symptom of the problem. The root of the problem is that there is a huge income and wealth disparity between neighboring countries that is not being addressed.
ProMex Group is a model of another approach to address illegal immigration. It is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit microfinance organization working in the northern border cities of Mexico. It strives to alleviate poverty and economically forced migration by providing disadvantaged Mexicans with access to capital and education to start and grow small businesses.