Jennifer Lopez Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Grameen America’s Raising Latina Voices Event. On September 17, the Puerto Rican singer, actress and businesswoman spoke to over 400 Latin American entrepreneurs about her philanthropic project Limitless Labs. A program designed to empower small Latina-owned businesses.
“Growing up, I saw that for people like me, low-income Latinos, especially women, it was very, very difficult to access capital,” Jennifer told the crowd. “In fact, we continue to receive sixty percent less credit from central banks, and that’s fundamentally unfair and fundamentally un-American, and it has made the promise of the American Dream partially hollow. That’s why I’m here today with Grameen to change that.”
That Marry me star pledged to “make that promise come true for everyone” and ensure that “people who look like me or are from places I come from have an equal opportunity to borrow money to start their own businesses.” start and make their dreams come true.”
“Never give up. Listen, but be strong. Be kind but firm. Be generous but firm. Be caring but be professional. Be open, but have boundaries. Above all, be honest. We don’t need a handout; we need a hand up.”
Jennifer is the mother of 14-year-old twins Max and emmethat she shares with ex MarcAnthony. During the event, she shared the “best advice” she gives her kids: “You can be whoever you think you can be.”
“Find that within yourself and don’t give up. Learn from people who have done well, then take those ideas and innovate and refine them and make them your own. And listen to your parents; We’re not quite as clueless as we seem when you’re 14,” she noted.
Last year, JLo went back to her roots and helped small Latina business owners in her hometown of The Bronx.
The “Jenny From The Block” singer performed in New York City to support her fellow Latinas, marking the first part of a new philanthropic foray for Lopez.