CALEXICO – The Mexican Consulate in Calexico and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (IME) kicked off their Fifth Annual “Financial Education Week” Monday at the Calexico Unified School District offices. The objective of the Financial Education Week is to provide the immigrant population programs and services that provide tools for better decision-making regarding the future planning and management of its resources.
The Financial Education Week runs from April 11-15, and is part of a strategic initiative where 50 Mexican consulates in the United States will seek to provide personal finance information for Spanish-speaking immigrants who reside in the United States and Canada.
“Financial Education Week is held mainly to empower the immigrant community facilitating access to financial institutions to assist with their personal finance,” said Carlos Flores Vizcarra, Consul Titular of the Mexican Consulate in Calexico. “Immigrants need to be aware of the wide variety of resources available to them.”
The Mexican Consulate will hold Financial Education Week presentations daily throughout the Valley in various locations as follows:
Tuesday, April 12, from 5:00pm – 6:30pm
San Pascual Valley Unified School District (Cafeteria), 676 Baseline Road, Winterhaven, CA
Wednesday, April 13, from 9:00am – 12:00pm
Center for Employment Training (CET), 294 S. 3rd Street, El Centro, CA
Thursday, April 14, from 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Neighborhood House, 506 E. Fourth Street, Calexcio, CA
Friday, April 15, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Brawley Elementary School District, 206 “D” Street, Brawley, CA
Among the financial partners participating at the Financial Education Week are Sun Community Credit Union, Legal Shield, Ventanillas de Salud and Neighborhood Housing.
The workshop provided informative talks about opening savings and checking accounts, guidance on credit and savings, line of credit, money transfers to Mexico, mortgage loans, debts, liens, home banking, notary public, small business training and information about the importance of financing for youth and having access to banking and financial services.
“It is very important that people learn the services Sun Community Credit Union has to offer,” said Maria G. Lucas, Calexico Branch Manager. “People need to visit a banking institution and plan according to their personal financial needs and seek information on how to maintain a good credit standing with the credit bureau.”
Independent Associate/Small Business Specialist and IME Consultant David Cañez spoke about identity theft and income tax preparation.
“Identity theft is the biggest crises that we have in the United States right now,” said Cañez. “Not only does it affect the family and their kids, it also affects people with a small business. People don’t have commercial credit they use their personal credit to start a small business. Identity theft programs exist and people need to be aware of that.”
Additionally, Cañez said people need to be cautious when getting their yearly tax prepared and advised they research the firm and assure they are certified with the IRS and Better Business Bureau.