We assist our clients with the development and strengthening of Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and like organizations. Institution development and enhancement is often the starting place for many Native communities. These institutions, in particular the Native CDFIs, become the spring board or economic engine for the community change they desire. Our training, technical assistance and consulting are founded on the development of strong, viable institutions.
Oweesta offers expert training from committed professionals who have extensive experience in Native community economic development. NCFI consists of several programs that not only help participants assess how starting a Native CDFI can benefit their communities, but also takes them, step-by-step, through the process of establishing one of these proven and innovative financial institutions. Oweesta also offers follow-up technical assistance that allows participants to take advantage of a one-on-one customized approach to help reach milestones along the path of CDFI development.
NCFI programs are offered one on one. Please contact Kristi Bias, firstname.lastname@example.org, Senior Program Advisor for more information.
Financial Education and Asset Building
Without programs like financial education, matched savings programs, entrepreneurship, homebuyer education and credit counseling, many of our clients would not be able to take their community members, their institution, and their economies to the next level. We assist with the development and integration of many of these programs in a variety of institutions, empowering them to set their goals and achieve the impact they have sent their sights on.
Building Native Communities (BNC) offers expert training from certified instructors with deep experience in Native communities, who are committed to empowering Native communities throughout the country.BNC training delivers an innovative and culturally-appropriate training program to help Native organizations establish and sustain successful financial education programs. In addition, the Initiative offers follow-up technical assistance that allows participants to take advantage of a one-on-one customized approach to help them reach milestones in developing and maintaining a financial education program in their Native community.
BNC train the trainers are offered several times each year at convenient locations throughout the country. Oweesta staff are also willing to come train in your community. Please contact Chris Hansen, Chris@oweesta.org, with our Financial Education & Asset Building Department, for more information.