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October 2010 - The Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) awarded Alianza a three-year grant in the amount of $450,000 to help Latina survivors of domestic violence gain economic independence. Through this OVW/ARRA grant, Alianza will provide OVW grantee organizations and other domestic violence service providers that serve Latina survivors of DV with the knowledge and resources to assist survivors to attain economic independence. The training materials and workshops will include information on the following topics:

Money Management Component
  • Household Budgeting
  • How Banks & Other Financial Institutions Work
  • Opening and Balancing a Checkbook
  • Credit Basics
  • Personal Loans and Business Loans
  • Renting a Place to Live
  • Identify Theft
Small Business Component
  • Life as a Business Owner
  • Will Anyone Buy What I’m Selling?
  • Sample Business Plan
  • New Business and Marketing / Promotion Worksheets
  • Instructional Case Studies

Alianza will also provide follow-up technical assistance (TA) to OVW grantees to assist domestic violence survivors to plan and/or start women’s economic cooperatives or microenterprises. Examples of TA will include help with legal issues related to setting up a business, development of business or marketing plans, or assistance with grant writing. Alianza will provide TA either through its own resources or through its consultants–the Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST), a New Mexico-based nonprofit organization that helps low-income women and minorities achieve financial self-sufficiency and Mujeres en Acción a catering enterprise started by a group of DV survivors. Participating organizations will also receive TA in business planning and marketing and information about potential funding resources.