Community Services Fund is a federation of nonprofits all working to enhance the quality of life. Read below to see how Center for Rural Affairs is creating economic development opportunities and improving the community.
“From an early age, Yomara has loved all things floral. She helped her mother make fabric flowers for bouquets and decorations for weddings. Now, Yomara now makes her living selling flowers.
Yomara started her floral business in Schuyler in 2013. What began as selling arrangements to friends out of her garage has grown into a full-fledged business.
“Friends would ask for my help to decorate their parties. They told me I should have my own business,” she said. And, Yomara knows what her customers want. “Language is an important factor,” she said. “To speak Spanish gives people more confidence to order the arrangements. My arrangements are specially designed, and my personal touch is what customers like.”
While she’s come a long way, she didn’t arrive there without help. Through the Center for Rural Affairs, Yomara obtained financing and training to invest in and remodel her business.
“Yomara closed her first loan with us in 2015, and paid it off successfully,” said Veronica Spindola, loan specialist with the Center. “She recently closed her second loan with us. Yomara was my first client. I helped her build her business plan.”
In the business world, nothing is guaranteed, but Yomara stays optimistic about the future.
“I keep positive and facing forward. I hope to continue with the support of the Center and growing as a business.”
This is one example of the difference Community Services Fund of Nebraska and it's 70 nonprofit member agencies are making in the lives of your friends and neighbors. Please consider a gift to Community Services Fund to support the work of these 70 nonprofits!