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Four Bands Community Fund Case Study

Through a partnership with Pollen Midwest, we created a case study to learn how FBCF is creating a sustainable system of financial prosperity by providing economic opportunity and education on the Cheyenne River Indian Rservation.

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EXCERPT FROM FBCF CASE STUDY

Four Bands Community Fund (FBCF), is the leader in small business development, financing, financial literacy and entrepreneurship education on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. FBCF helps people build strong and sustainable small businesses and increase their financial capability to create assets and wealth. By creating economic opportunity on the reservation, FBCF is ultimately reviving the traditional culture that supports self-sufficiency, healthy family and community structure, and a thriving economy.

NURTURING SUSTAINABLE RELATIONSHIPS

To achieve long-lasting change, FBCF welcomed all tribal members, especially those most affected by poverty, to share and build on each other’s ideas. This approach fostered trust and sustainable relationships, allowing the seeds of community ideas to take root and grow.

INCORPORATING TRADITION

FBCF is working to replace the circle of poverty with a sustainable system of financial prosperity based on traditional Lakota values and grown by Lakota people.

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