The Community Producers Program: Economic Development for Refugee Agriculturalists

The Community Producers Program (CPP) is an initiative of the University of Northern Iowa to provide economic empowerment opportunities for refugee women in Waterloo to become economically self-sufficient, agricultural entrepreneurs. Year 3 of this project, funded in part by the Iowa Women’s Foundation, will extend services to a new cohort of refugee women and implement additional workshops to build entrepreneurial, communication and gardening skills. The CPP will continue to fight the shortage of employment opportunities for women, specifically refugees residing in Waterloo, IA, by offering workshops and other trainings that foster the development of skills such as business management, customer service, food safety and managing community gardens.