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  • I remember staying with my Grandma Pourier when she lived on the Cherry Place, north of Kyle. She made homamade cottage cheese once and the smell was so bad that we couldn't stand to sleep in the house. She loved homemade cottage cheese. And peanut butter and onion sandwiches. She was an excellent cook. Her carmel rolls made her famous though and was the motivation behind her expanding her laundromat in Kyle to include a kitchen so she could serve coffee and homemade carmel rolls. Soon she added Indian Tacos to the menu and the rest is history. She won a cruise once with her Indian Taco recipe. Grandma was a shrewd business woman who devoted her life to her business and serving the community she loved. She was a Native entrepreneur before the term was ever defined.

    Not so coincidentally, another successful business is located in the very building that Grandma made so popular. The Food Stop is owned and operated by one of Grandma's old employees, Carol Vocu and her husband Leonard Ferguson. They too are devoted to their business and continue to uphold the measure of success established a quarter of a century ago by Isabelle Pourier, owner and operator of Belle's Diner.

    Lakota Funds is a community development financial institution that provides business loans and technical assistance to tribal members on the Pine Ridge Reservation. We have provided over $6 million in loan capital to new and expanding businesses since we started over 26 years ago. We have created or sustained over 1200 jobs in that time, 87 jobs last year alone. We also provide many asset building products, like Individual Development Accounts and Child Development Accounts, that triple savers deposits. Other products like the Credit Builder Loan and the many classes we teach promoting financial education and business planning, all of what we do really, focus on providing the Oglala Lakota people with access to self-sustainability thru economic development, business growth and job creation.
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