In California, we engaged our relationships with community-based organizations to technically assist a cooperative of Oaxacan women in Madera. This cooperative now operates a successful restaurant inspired by the cuisine of their homeland and serves as a community hub for Oaxacan immigrants. The owners have become community leaders advocating for food, health, and immigration issues affecting the Oaxacan community in Madera and the Central Valley at large.
Our program advances a cultural shift that embraces native tradition while improving long-term economic development, health and education outcomes. Often, this requires being a translator between stakeholders - individual food entrepreneurs, local governments, advocacy groups and investors.