6 international organizations that support jobs and businesses

Many organizations, both in the United States and abroad, seek to help entrepreneurial individuals and small businesses through microfinance and other means. Here are six organizations that support job creation and new businesses around the world.

6. Border Partners - Mexico and the United States

Border Partners operates in Mexico and the United States.

Community building is essential to the work of any charitable organization. So it must be even more important to Border Partners, a group working with two towns literally right next to each other on the US-Mexico border! Operating primarily in Puerto Palomas – a small Mexican town on the border of Mexico and New Mexico – Border Partners describes its activities as bringing resources to address needs, which in turn help people create change. Families often have members on both sides of the border; the only hospital in the area is not in Palomas, but in a New Mexico town 45 minutes away. Palomas unfortunately faces even more challenges: an unemployment rate of 80 percent, no government assistance, no banks, no natural gas, little firewood. So to face these challenges, Border Partners helps people help themselves in four areas: education, health and recreation, sustainable technology, and economic growth. The first three of these help individuals increase the value of their human capital, and the fourth helps individuals and businesses alike.

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