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RURAL COMMUNITIES RESOURCE CENTER

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Employment
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • Justice & Legal

Location

41760 ROAD 130OROSI, CA 93647 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Rural Communities Resource Center (RCRC) was established as a ground-up organization to create farmer and worker cooperatives in rural communities. It is this approach that has been proven to be the most viable path in addressing the widespread & entrenched poverty characterizing many farming & rural communities in our country today.

Description

RCRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit situated in the farming community of Orosi in northern Tulare County. Like many rural towns in the California Central Valley, economic disparity is at its most stark: Agribusiness continues to post billion-dollar profits while agricultural workers continue to be the lowest paid labor force in our country. The founding members of RCRC came together to determine what the best course was to take to turn this difficult situation around. Since RCRC's founding members are Mexican and Filipino; the route of building cooperatives came instinctively and naturally since almost all immigrated from the Philippines and Mexico where cooperatives are both popular and widespread, particularly within the rural areas. At present, RCRC's goal is to organize weekly night-markets as a means to assist its farmers to sell their produce locally and workers to showcase & sell their handicrafts, food products and other items. Participants in these nightly markets will enable RCRC to develop the nucleus of both farmer and rural worker cooperatives in our local area.

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