After Years of Work, Seville & Yettem break ground on new water system
After decades of struggling with water quality and supply issues, on Tuesday March 5, 2019 the communities of Yettem and Seville came together to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Yettem-Seville Water System Improvement Project. Yettem and Seville are small, low-income unincorporated communities located in Tulare County, approximately ten miles north of the city of Visalia. Together, these communities have a population of about 700 people, mainly comprised of Hispanic farmworkers. For decades, both communities have been plagued with water quality issues due to nitrate contamination. 

Longtime resident, Becky Quintana has always struggled with water reliability and quality in her community. Now in her early 60’s, Becky attributes her interest in helping her community from seeing her late father Ladislao (Lalo) Jacquez show concern about the community’s water system.  Read more.
Community Leaders Gain Water Management Skills
On March 23rd, Self-Help Enterprises launched the 2019 Rural Communities Water Managers Leadership Institute. In the first session, participants learned about water conditions in the Central Valley, received an introduction to water management and planning programs, and heard from a panel of water leaders about their experiences and the importance of participating in these programs. In the upcoming sessions, participants will receive more in-depth information about water management and planning in California as well as how to effectively participate in regional programs and how their communities could benefit from their participation. The cohort will meet monthly for six months with the goal of building residents’ leadership capacity and acquiring water management tools that will equip them to lead in their communities around water quality and quantity issues and represent community needs in regional water management efforts.
SHE Receives $25,000 from Comcast
On March 23, Self-Help Enterprises received $25,000 from Comcast to support the Get On the Tech Bus program. This initiative is a collaboration between Self-Help Enterprises, the Tulare County Office of Education/CHOICES, and ImagineU Children’s Museum with the goal of making STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) a learning priority for the Central Valley. The Get On the Tech Bus program provides after-school STEM exposure to K-12 students via meaningful, hands-on activities embedding 21st century learning skills. Approximately 280 students from the Fresno, Madera and Tulare areas will benefit from a series of STEM courses facilitated by a qualified ImagineU instructor, utilizing the computer labs and activity spaces at Self-Help Enterprises facilities.
New Accessory Dwelling Unit Loan Program in Clovis
In an effort to encourage infill residential development in the Old Town area, the City of Clovis has developed several “Cottage Home” plans that may be utilized on properties having alley access. These home plans (of less than 400 square feet of livable space) are intended to orient onto alleys and provide for a unique pedestrian street environment while also revitalizing the alleys and creating more housing in the highly desirable Central Clovis area. In partnership with the City of Clovis, Self-Help Enterprises will provide financing to eligible property owners seeking funding to build or repair Accessory Dwelling Units on their existing single-family lot. The program targets the City of Clovis’ existing ADU Program/ Cottage Home Program . For more information, please call Juan Jaime at 559.802.1642.
Apply for the Do Dooley Scholarship - There's Still Time!

The Doris “Do” Dooley Scholarship, named after Self-Help Enterprises’ former Board member and dedicated friend of the organization, was established to help the children of Self-Help Enterprises’ participant families to further their education. Student must enroll full-time in a post-secondary school program. Click here for application.
Upcoming Events
Preparing for Homeownership Workshop
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: $75
Location: Bear Creek Apartments,
1509 N. Plainsburg Rd., Planada, CA 95365

Class attendees leave the session:
  • Prepared to navigate the process of purchasing a home;
  • With a comprehensive pre-purchase handbook; and
  • With a certificate of completion which is required for many down payment assistance programs. One-on-one counseling must be completed in order to receive the certificate.

Must call 559.651.1000 to officially register.