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Recent posts by Liz Daehnke

Himelda styles her way to success

Himelda Lomeli has always wanted to be her own boss. After working in the cosmetology industry since 1992, she now has the independence she craved.

Staff spotlight: Dongwen keeps Center’s finances accounted for 

Dongwen Wang knows numbers—she’s so good with figuring out finances that she’s made a career out of it.

Currently an accounting associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, Dongwen started with the organization in 2015 as a finance intern. Today, she handles a myriad of responsibilities that help Center staff members, as well as the organization itself, run smoothly.

Transplanted gardener welcomed at Omaha Nation Farmers Market

Tomas Delacruz lives north of Macy, Nebraska, where his two acres of land host an ever-expanding garden. 

Growing up in Mexico, Tomas and his family harvested chilies and peppers. Now, living in Nebraska, he continues to grow those familiar staples, and has added a plethora of other vegetables to his garden, some of which he was able to sell last summer. 

For assistance in selling his produce, Tomas reached out to former Center for Rural Affairs community food associate, Bounthy Parker, who helped run the Omaha Reservation Community Farmers Market, in Macy and Walthill.

Staff spotlight: Anna’s sights set on small business training

Born and raised on a cattle ranch near a small town in southeastern Idaho, Anna Pratt learned to drive on country back roads, charged purchases to a tab at local farm supply stores, and took part in the challenges and rewards of a family-owned business.

In other words, she’s no stranger to rural America.

A new member of the Center for Rural Affairs team, Anna is the Women’s Business Center director, and is excited about her new role.

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