PDDP was granted the Socially Disadvantage Groups Grant to work with the Navajo Nation in 2017. The project focused on the areas of West Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. Navajo Nation has a total population of 173,667. The Nation’s median household income (MHI) is only 54.5% of the MHIs in Arizona ($50,256) and 51.6% of the MHI in U.S. ($53,046). The poverty rate in Navajo Nation is 38%, which is more than twice as high as those in Arizona and U.S. (15% and 15.3%, respectively). According to the 2010 Census, 44% of the young people in the Nation live in poverty. The poverty rate of the senior population (38%) is four times higher than Arizona (8%). The Census Bureau describes those with family incomes below one-half of their State poverty threshold as “severely poor”. Over 19% of Navajo people are classified as “severely poor”.
The project team is dedicated to providing and assisting current and prospective local native agricultural businesses with technical, financial, business management training.