We had the good fortune of connecting with Arnold Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arnold, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
The Humble Investment was an initiative formed during the most volatile moments of uncertainty in the pandemic. As a financial literacy nonprofit based in southeast San Diego, we focus on training and mentoring first-generation students from the community. Although our annual cohort program focuses on financial literacy, our curriculum is rooted in self-awareness, mindfulness, and holistic professional development to look after our student’s whole being. The Humble Investment believes that an investment in yourself is an investment in your community. To better serve others we must first serve ourselves.
As we invest in our cohort of students each year to develop their own entrepreneurial ideas, we aim to train and mentor the next generation of community leaders who will shape and transform the future.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
On top of running The Humble Investment, I am currently a full time employee for a community based organization based in Oakland, California called The Hidden Genius Project. As an alumni coordinator, I work closely with black male youth and partner organizations throughout California to provide academic and professional opportunities that align with their aspirations. I am also currently a full time student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying Educational Entrepreneurship to uplift The Humble Investment and the amazing community back in southeast San Diego.
Despite the recent success, the road to this point has been filled with challenges I never thought I would overcome. Growing up as a first generation, low income, marginalized student, the lifestyle of San Diego isn’t always all sunny. Failing many many times before even seeing a glimpse of success was the reality of my entrepreneurial story. From 3 failed businesses to a life-threatening car crash, my financial situation was extremely taxing on my personal and professional life. The unconditional love and support from my family, peers, and mentors gave me the strength and sense of belonging that was crucial in my bounce back. If there’s anything I could tell to the youth of our community it would be this. Your circumstances and obstacles do not define your potential to succeed, but through perseverance and love, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. You always have a whole community behind you if you take a second to look around.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Come to San Diego for the best Mexican food in the WORLD! No debate! La lomitas, Tacos el G, Birria Kingz, the Barrell, and Lolitas just to name a few! With a growing community, some of the must see spots to check out on our list are:
1. Machette Beer House
2. Market on 8th Food Hall
4. SD Boba Tea
5. Zarlitos Family
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to recognize the amazing work of the southeast San Diego community. Often written off as a “lower-income” and “in-need” community, there are limitless amounts of talent and genius among us. Our community is filled with diamonds just waiting for their opportunity to shine. In particular, Morse High School and Southwestern Community College played a big role in the early development stages of our initiative. If it weren’t for the experiences shared among those communities, all the work we do wouldn’t be possible!