Families in Albuquerque are demonstrating that neighborhoods can be uplifted through valuing and investing in family unity and culture.
Nearly a dozen local community partners collaborated with us to spread awareness of the FII approach and galvanize community support for an Albuquerque site.
Launched in 2015, FII-Albuquerque primarily partners with families from the South Valley area. Starting a business, improving their children’s nutrition and grades, decreasing debt, buying a home, and investing in post secondary education are the most common goals of Albuquerque families. Our bilingual and immigrant families are using their collective voice to shift perceptions of their communities while fighting for their rights.
Total Number of Resources Allocated to Families over time
Number of Touchpoints in UpTogether
Total estimated amount FII families have exchanged through social capital activities
Total estimated amount FII families have exchanged through social capital activities like watching each others children, cooking for one another, lending money, and etc.
Average decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report a 67% decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP.
Average increase in total liquid assets
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report a 129% increase in their total assets from $1,492 to $3,426
Average increase in monthly income
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report a 22% increase in monthly income.
After 2 years families grow their income by $6,336
Over the two years they are enrolled in FII, the average investment directly to a family is $2400. Using this investment, families grow their yearly income by $6,336 (or 2.6 times the investment) and their assets by $3,387 (or 1.4 times the investment)
Albuquerque | Financial HealthHousingSocial Capital
I’ve always had goals, and savings, but FII has helped me follow up on each of them.
- After being with FII for 2 months, I stopped applying for food stamps.
- After being with FII for 6 months, I applied for the 2 for 1 savings match to make home improvements, cutting our utility bills in half and increasing the value of our home.
Albuquerque | EducationEntrepreneurshipFinancial HealthHousingSocial Capital
Hello, I am Mary Muñoz. My family started with FII in February 2015. When I was introduced to the FII project, our family was on food stamps, having economic difficulties, and lacked the time to be together as a family. Since then, I have been able to get off public assistance, move my family upward economically, and also spend more time with the kids.
- Using the FII monthly data journal, we have started to focus on and achieve our goals.
- My husband and I have a son.
- We used FII’s Health Match to exercise and come together as a family.
- By tracking and managing our money, we got off food stamps.
- We used FII’s interest free loan to remodel our kitchen that I use for my home nutrition business.
- As a 2016 FII Fellow, I am responsible for improving communication between FII and our community, and am increasing my access to resources and my network.
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