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:
$10 per month promotes working lands conservation practices for family farmers and ranchers. ($120)
$20 per month provides training and technical assistance to a rural entrepreneur. $50 quarterly forms a network to support military veterans as they begin farming. ($240)
$50 as a one time gift helps us reach a low-to-moderate income future homeowner in a small town.
$100 as a one time gift supports maker spaces and traditional foods workshops in Native Communities.
A STORY FROM OUR AGENCY:
To open a small business in Fremont, NE, Wilmer Linares reached out to the Center for Rural Affairs for financial assistance. Latino Loan Specialist Veronica Spindola guided Wilmer through the loan application process, and in March 2020, he received a loan for $45,900 for start-up costs and to purchase equipment.
On Oct. 3, 2020, Wilmer and his wife, Alma Salas, opened their bakery and grocery store. He called it Mamá Chencha Tienda y Panaderia, in honor of his grandmother.
“Wilmer and Alma are hard passionate workers, they get to the bakery early in the morning and start baking so there is bread ready at opening time,” said Veronica. “Since they have children, they take turns caring for them and the business at the same time. Their business is growing and they plan to keep growing, and the Center is here to help them reach their goals.”
“Every time I open the door I remember when it used to be a dream and now it's a reality, and at times it's hard to believe that you're able to achieve your goals, but it's definitely possible. People ask me how I was able to make this happen, and I believe if I didn’t have help from the Center, I would not have been able to realize my dream,” said Wilmer.
For the full story: https://www.cfra.org/blog/fremont-bakery-owner-shares-family-traditions-el-salvador
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