Center for Rural Affairs, founded by rural people concerned about the future of their communities, works to ensure rural Americans have access to opportunity.
HOW WE USE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS:
$1 per week helps provide fresh farm-raised food to children for school lunches. ($52)
$10 per month provides technical assistance to small business owners across the state. ($120)
$5 per week fights for forward-thinking, socially just laws in Nebraska. ($260)
$15 per month helps us fight for a clean energy future for rural America. ($180)
$25 per month sends people like you to Washington D.C. to fight for strong small towns and rural communities. ($300)
A STORY FROM OUR AGENCY:
From an early age, Yomara has loved all things floral. She helped her mother make fabric flowers for bouquets and decorations for weddings. Now, Yomara now makes her living selling flowers.
Yomara started her floral business in Schuyler in 2013. What began as selling arrangements to friends out of her garage has grown into a full-fledged business.
“Friends would ask for my help to decorate their parties. They told me I should have my own business,” she said. And, Yomara knows what her customers want. “Language is an important factor,” she said. “To speak Spanish gives people more confidence to order the arrangements. My arrangements are specially designed, and my personal touch is what customers like.”
While she’s come a long way, she didn’t arrive there without help. Through the Center for Rural Affairs, Yomara obtained financing and training to invest in and remodel her business.
“Yomara closed her first loan with us in 2015, and paid it off successfully,” said Veronica Spindola, loan specialist with the Center. “She recently closed her second loan with us. Yomara was my first client. I helped her build her business plan.”
In the business world, nothing is guaranteed, but Yomara stays optimistic about the future.
“I keep positive and facing forward. I hope to continue with the support of the Center and growing as a business.”
CAMPAIGN CODE NUMBERS:
Campaign Code: 6425
(For campaigns at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, City of Lincoln, LES, LPS, Lancaster County, SCC and private companies.)
State of Nebraska:
145 Main Street
P.O. Box 136
Lyons, NE 68038