A small, local development company is taking on the task of renovating an old dilapidated commercial building in Boise that will become the home of a new Boise International Marketplace similar to many “mercados” in bigger metropolitan cities. Our META team has assisted several of our refugee and immigrant clients for over a year with TA and business planning for this development that is expected to open sometime in August. Soon, we will be approving and disbursing loans to a number of these entrepreneurs.
Here is a link to a news story that aired this morning on the BSU public radio station that you may be interested in reading and/or viewing:
Here is a You Tube video that features META refugee and immigrant clients who will be some of the vendors at the Marketplace.
Thanks to ORR and other funding sources we’ve been able to secure, refugees and others are getting the opportunity to start and grow businesses like those shown on these videos.