Economic Development

Economic Development

The Dolores Huerta Foundation Economic Development Department recognizes asset building as a crucial component to creating pathways for economic success in low income communities. This vision is actualized through the DHF Micro-Lending Program, Empresarios Comunitarios as well as financial literacy education.

In the rural low-income communities where we work, more than 20% of residents reportedly live below the state poverty level and the median household income is more than $20,000 below the annual state average. In addition to these alarming numbers, unemployment rates are steadily approaching 20% in Kern and Tulare counties.

We believe communities require (but currently lack) access to financial services, education and tools that connect residents to opportunities for prosperity and healthy living. Predatory economic practices targeted at vulnerable populations perpetuate economic disparity.