In the '90s, an industry boom in Northwest Arkansas drew large numbers of Latinos to the area. During that time a group of women, mostly Hispanic, joined together to encourage cross-cultural participation. Today, half of the State's Latino population resides in Northwest Arkansas and The Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas continues to advocate for community engagement.
Next month the HWOA will hold it's 19th Cinco de Mayo Festival at the Jones Center in Springdale. The Festival is a chance for everyone in Northwest Arkansas to experience and celebrate Hispanic culture while learning about the resources available for residents and raising scholarship funds for local Hispanic students.
Ahead of the celebration, Xochitil Delgado and Rebecca Soto from the HWOA talk with Pete Hartman about the history of the organization and some of the services they provide.