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Rudy Espinoza and Amadeo Delgado pose for a photo. (Jeremy Hobson/Here & Now)
Rudy Espinoza and Amadeo Delgado pose for a photo. (Jeremy Hobson/Here & Now)

Rudy Espinoza, 31, co-founded the non-profit Leadership for Urban Renewal Network with friends five years ago to focus on keeping longtime residents of Hispanic neighborhoods in Los Angeles, such as Boyle Heights, from being priced out of their neighborhood.

Making micro equity loans to local entrepreneurs is one of LURN's goals, and Espinoza is starting with honey street vendor Amadeo Delgado, who hopes eventually to open his own tea shop.

Espinoza tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson that LURN is prepared to put up $25,000 to help Delgado, who says "bees are the best creatures ever, the best insects. They heal you, they prevent you [from getting] sick and they make you feel so strong, so healthy."

Guest

  • Rudy Espinoza, co-founder of the Leadership for Urban Renewal Network. He's also a photographer. He tweets @MrDOLPH.
  • Amadeo Delgado, honey vendor in Los Angeles.

This segment aired on March 19, 2014.

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