Southern Mutual Help Association’s mission is to build healthy and prosperous rural communities in Louisiana.

Building community capacity to make change.

Providing access to affordable capital.

Forging innovative partnerships and "building bridges” among unlikely partners.

Increasing the capacity of institutions across all sectors to invest effectively in low-wealth communities.

  • Sister Helen Vinton visits with Douglas Wells during one of many trips to Plaquemines Parish after the hurricanes, where SMHA listened to the stories of the people.

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"Life After City Hall” has begun for Hilda Daigre Curry
Curry, who completes her term (and 12th year) as Mayor of New Iberia on December 31, has joined the team at Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc. (SMHA), an award-winning not-for-profit community development corporation based in New Iberia.

Messages from SMHA


SMHA has for the last decade maintained to foundations and policy-makers that their metro-centric approach and investment was not viable without understanding the importance of Rural America. 

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