Thunder Valley is a Lakota run grassroots Community Development Corporation that is building a community as a catalyst to create systemic change on the Pine Ridge Reservation. We are focused on building power for our community to create sustainable change and end poverty on the reservation. We do this through a multi-faceted approach that ultimately creates vibrant and healthy communities. We are focused on the 34 acre development as a means to create systemic change.
All our work is place-based and comprehensive, centered on applying indigenous innovation in a way that honors our cultural heritage and is adapted for the needs and vision of our local community.
Overview of the Self-Help Housing Program
A “Sweat Equity” process in which program participants work together to assist in the construction of one another’s homes. Free classes such as Financial Literacy, Credit When Credit is Due, and First Time Homebuyers Direct support participants in their communications with lenders. We help with decoding the often frustrating terms and processes related to homeownership. Whether you need help with your credit score or want to know why homeownership is a good choice for you and your family, we can help you reach your goals. Through this program, families create their own pathway out of poverty by growing their stability and wealth through homeownership. Self-Help Homes are incredibly energy-efficient, allowing families to spend less on monthly utilities and more on their families and futures. By becoming a homeowner, you also build the economy of our reservation, creating more local opportunities and wealth.