Success Stories

Success stories are a compilation of staff written case studies, success stories, profiles and rural development news.


  • Self-help housing provides home ownership opportunities for low-income Alaska residents

    Wasilla, Alaska – Last year, Kolten Conan was scrolling through his Facebook page, and he happened upon photos of a house under construction. He already knew a thing or two about building homes: he’s now 21 and when he was just a little boy, he had scampered among laborers at construction sites around his hometown of Wasilla, fetching boards and helping out with seasonal work.

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  • RCIF partners with RCAC to invest in a sustainable future for rural communities

    Oakland, Calif. – In 2008, collapsing home values addled Americans across the nation, bankers were drawing scrutiny and the stock market was collapsing. It was difficult to understand the cause and to know where to keep one’s investments safe.

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  • From vine to wine—Cedar Band’s beverage company secures its place in the industry

    Cedar City, Utah – The drive along Interstate 15, which meanders from the Mexican border in California to the Canadian border in Montana, can get plenty lonely. After 30 miles of virtually no services, there’s a reprieve: the well-stocked and clean convenience store and smoke shop, Cedar Band Trading Post, which the Cedar Band of Paiutes opened in 2012.

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  • Women find opportunity, hope in self-help housing program

    Nibley, Utah – Sometime during the 10 or so months it took Veronica Cabrera to build her family home here in northern Utah, she began to feel a persistent, dull ache all over her left side. She chalked it up to perhaps sleeping poorly, or else the strenuous labor, particularly during the winter months, when she was building her self-help home.

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  • Tribe, school collaborate to provide safe water to students

    Jack Norton School, in a rural remote area of northern California, lacked reliable surface water filtration and disinfection. The Yurok Tribe, school and RCAC worked together to connect the school to the Tribe’s nearby water system.

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