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DinéHózhó - L3 what?

DinéHózhó - L3 what?

L3 What?

An L3C, a low-profit limited liability company, bridges the gap between non-profit and for-profit investing. Instead of maximizing profits, Dinéhózhó focuses on enterprises that directly benefit local communities, are consistent with cultural values, create real opportunities for job creation and develop a local tax base to generate income for communities and entrepreneurs in a region where the 40-year Bennett Freeze halted all development.

DínéHózhó - Why is social entrepreneurship important?

Why is social entrepreneurship important?

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Navajo income spent off-reservation


Certified Navajo-owned businesses on the reservation


Navajos living below the poverty level


Average per capita income on the Navajo Reservation

Dínehózhó - mission

Dinéhózhó wants to change these statistics, transform the Navajo Nation's economy, and open the reservation to business with environmental ethics and a social conscience.

Dínehózhó - Economic Opportunities

Dínehózhó - Economic Opportunities

Community-Based Tourism 

Dinéhózhó offers an alternative to outside investors imposing top-down, unsustainable, culturally inappropriate development plans. We're working on community-based tourism plans, including a network of bed and breakfasts, that are culturally and environmentally sensitive. Dinéhózhó's vision for the Grand Canyon region includes Navajo-owned businesses that provide not only jobs, but economic equity. 


Dínehózhó - Creative Financing

Dínehózhó - Creative Financing

Creative Financing

Starting a business on the reservation poses significant challenges: limited infrastructure, slow-moving lease applications, and little access to capital. Dinéhózhó, along with a team of partners, is developing the first tribal venture capital fund and driving investment through joint ventures, community partnerships, small business incubation and mentoring, and online marketing and booking services. 

Dínehózhó - Improving Navajo Nation Parks

Dínehózhó - Improving Navajo Nation Parks
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Improving Navajo Nation Parks

From the Little Colorado Gorge to Marble Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley, Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation is positioned to create world-class culturally and environmentally sensitive projects with carefully planned roads, cultural and visitor centers, green resorts and campgrounds, hiking and horseback riding trails, retail and other services, in a way that creates both jobs and long-term development equity. 

DinéHózhó - Our Role

Our Role

As a partner, we are providing first-year start-up investment in DinéHózhó and assisting with organizational development, securing funding opportunities, developing an investment fund, facilitating partnerships, and creating a business plan.

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Our Solutions

Dínehózhó - Our Solutions

Navajo L3C Business Law

Until recently, the Navajo Nation did not recognize and incorporate L3Cs. DinéHózhó worked with Navajo Council Delegate Walter Phelps who introduced L3C legislation. The Navajo Nation Council voted to incorporate the L3C legislation and it was signed into law on December 29, 2014.

Build Capacity

In partnership with the Native American Business Incubator Network, offer a series of capacity-building workshops to entrepreneurs as well as technical assistance, mentorship, and investment funding to support sustainable, community-driven strategic economic development initiatives.

Create an Investment Fund

Working with a team of experts to pursue seed dollars, we are strategically positioning DinéHózhó as a unique investment group to assure that small, community-based businesses succeed, enabling western Navajo communities to create a sustainable tribal economy that is richer than the sum of its parts. 


DinéHózhó - Partnerships

Partnerships are key. Working with agencies, universities, NGOs, businesses and entrepreneurs, DinéHózhó leverages resources and empowers communities.

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Get Involved
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