of Las Lomas -- a colonia near Rio Grande City, Texas --
Blanca Juarez realized that the only way to better the lives of
colonia residents was to take fate in her own hands. At first,
Blanca organized the residents of Las Lomas into a strong voting
bloc. She then created a self-help program called Colonias Unidas,
where residents are supervised by engineers and other experts to
build better roads, homes, sewer and water connections.