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Delta Blues Alley Cafe

Name: Jecorry Miller, owner of Delta Blues Alley Cafe

Location: Clarksdale, Mississippi

Core Goals affected: Savings, Jobs

Clarksdale, Miss. native Jecorry Miller is no stranger to hard work. For years, he traveled the
roads of the Mississippi Delta working as a respiratory therapist at local hospitals. And while he enjoyed the work, his dream was to be his own boss in his hometown.

On one trip home from work, Jecorry heard a radio ad for Southern Bancorp’s Individual
Development Account (IDA) program, a matched savings account for people wanting to buy a first home, continue their education, or launch a business. He made a call and began the process of establishing a regular savings habit and taking financial education courses to underscore his savings. Once complete, a matched amount was provided to Jecorry, to help him realize his dream of opening the Delta Blues Alley Café.