Company Name: Nuestra Communidad
Team: Mark Truman MPP ‘13, Ray Rivera, MC/MPA ‘12
Company Description: Nuestra Comunidad (NC) is a social capital development institution that builds vibrant communities through the expansion of civic capacity. Focusing on the underserved Westside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, NC will provide low cost child care to our members through cooperative models in order to create networks that foster community development. Each family, providing volunteer hours and paying membership fees, will contribute to an overall community that will lead the organization. As Nuestra Comunidad grows, we will take on additional socio-economic problems based on the direction of the membership, expanding to new neighborhoods and offering additional cooperatives such as credit unions, grocery stores, and housing projects to improve our members’ lives.