On October 15, 132 Latino women graduated from the Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation’s (MLCDC, midlandslatinocdc.org) Mujeres Emprendedoras (Women Entrepreneurs) program. The event gathered a large crowd of support for the graduates, including their families and friends who came to cheer for them as they received their certificates.

The Mujeres Emprendedoras program provides technical assistance in Spanish to help women achieve their goals. The trainings cover financial education, entrepreneurship, and childcare. The classes and workshops of the program teach the participants to budget their finances, create a savings account, find affordable housing, initiate a small business, and more. Some of the program participants have a small business and the trainings will help them continue to run and expand their operations, growing local economies.

The Mujeres Emprendedoras program and the awards ceremony are made possible by generous funders and supporters, including the Omaha Community Foundation, U.S. Bank, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Mutual of Omaha Foundation, Peter Kiewit Foundation, United Way of the Midlands, and FNBO.

Since May 2020, when the Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation’s Mujeres Emprendedoras program started, more than 600 women have applied to receive assistance for their personal finances and entrepreneurship goals. This is the mission of MLCDC—to provide training opportunities to low- and moderate-income individuals to achieve financial stability and economic growth through entrepreneurship. For more information, call (402) 995-9623 or visit www.midlandslatinocdc.org.