Success Stories

Historical Society New Building

Helping to Preserve History One Piece at a Time

Knowing where you have been is vital to a rural community’s future. Having the knowledge and understanding of your history can help build the basis for a much greater appreciation of today. That sentiment was the foundation for the past four years of hard work done by the Montezuma County… more

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Making Own Products is a Dream Come True for Small Rural South Dakota Business

In the spring of 2017, Chad Blase quit his full-time job to go back to work with his parents on their dairy farm. Within months, milk prices were sinking and Chad and his partner Laura Klock, along with Chad’s parents, Amy and Gary Blase, realized it was time to have some difficult… more

Sandhills Medical Center Groundbreaking

USDA Investment Will Help Low-Income Patients Have Access to Quality Healthcare in Rural South Carolina

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on June 1, 2021 for the expansion of the Sandhills Medical Foundation Inc. (SMF) facility located in Lugoff, S.C.  Local leaders and members of the Foundation gathered at the site to celebrate the official ground-breaking for the nearly 13,… more

USDA Rural Development invested $248 thousand to assist with the expansion of their fire station. The 30 year old structure was not able to fit modern trucks and their equipment. The expansion will allow Calypso to fit the most up-to-date equipment to serve their community.

USDA RD Assists Expansion of Calypso Fire Department

The town of Calypso recently celebrated the expansion of two new bays to their fire station.

Johanna Diaz poses for a photo in front of her home that she built with the aid of the USDA Rural Development Self-Help Program.

Single mother builds first home for family through Self-Help Program

Johanna Diaz was a single mother living in an apartment when she got the opportunity to build her own home in Imperial, Calif.

“It’s easy to buy a house, but to build it with your own hands – it’s amazing,” Diaz exclaimed.

Diaz started building her home in January 2019 and moved… more

The Carillo family proudly displaying their new home!

Petersburg's Newest Homeowners are all Smiles

The Carrillo family had outgrown their two-bedroom house and started to look for a home that was more accommodating to their needs.  Jesus and Jasmine had hopes to buy a house in Petersburg where they currently lived and had grown up.  The Carillo's had heard about the USDA Rural Development 502… more

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Homeownership Provides South Dakota Family with Security and Stability

Candice Hill is a single mother of three children. She was interested in pursuing owning her own home. Through the guidance and assistance received from T-Yamni, a one-stop homeownership program offered by Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate to tribal members, she was on the path to becoming a… more

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Living the American Dream of Homeownership in Aberdeen, SD

It was nearly ten years ago when Jan Riggins suffered a big financial loss with losing her business and her home.

Alicia and her son, Sy, outside their new home

Central Kentucky mom overcomes tough real estate market to buy home in Jessamine County

Buying a house in the current market here in Central Kentucky requires a lot of patience and perseverance. Houses are often sold within a day or two of being listed, and gone are the days of negotiating the price down and having the seller pay closing costs.