Success Stories

Success stories are a compilation of staff written success stories and case studies that highlight our impact in rural communities.


  • Investment collaborative helps fund Native-owned business

    Zuni Indian Reservation, N.M. – Some three decades ago Darrell Tsabetsaye opened a convenience store called Major Market on the Zuni Indian Reservation on the Arizona-northern New Mexico border. Though such stores are fixtures on many street corners, Tsabetsaye’s was neither common nor convenient to establish.

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  • Operator training and testing collaboration equals an increase in certified staff

    Many organizations promote water operator training, assist with operator-in-training or certification, or help those who want to increase their operator certification level. At Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), we believe this is a very important part of our work.

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  • 502 Direct Loan Packaging Program increases access to home ownership

    In February, Daphne Rotolo received some distressing news from a woman she was helping to find better housing. As a homeownership assistant with Housing Resources of Western Colorado, she’s seen and heard about many troublesome living situations. This was among the worst.

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  • Second Tribal Housing Excellence Academy cohort graduates

    Not long ago, the Hualapai Tribe in northwest Arizona was faced with a waiting list of 84 families that needed homes. The list had been in the making for five years and due to a reduction in Indian Housing Block Grant funds, housing development on the Hualapai Reservation had stalled. But in November 2017, the Hualapai Tribe broke ground on three model homes to be built in the Box Canyon subdivision.

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  • Agua4All program expands to schools and Tribes across California

    More than one million Californians lack access to safe drinking water, a startling statistic in a state with the fifth largest economy in the world. For these Californians—of which one in three is Hispanic and nearly half are adults diagnosed as pre-diabetic—the only alternatives to unsafe water are expensive bottled water or sugary drinks.

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