Our Mission

Xiente‘s mission is to transform communities by empowering individuals to achieve social mobility.

Xiente, embraces our transformational mission and vision to create a “path of economic mobility” that empowers people to rise up from poverty to prosperity.

Per the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia is deemed the “poorest” among the largest U.S. cities, with 23.3 percent of its residents living below the poverty line. A significant portion of these individuals are people of color, including immigrants who have faced barriers in accessing education and opportunities to improve their quality of life and that of their families.

According to Pew Research’s “Philadelphia 2023: The State of the City,” Hispanic residents exhibited the highest poverty rate in 2021, standing at 30%, which is nearly 2.5 times the rate observed among non-Hispanic White residents.

Xiente aims to revolutionize the landscape by contributing to the transformation of Philadelphia into a high performing city for economic mobility.

We understand intimately the daily struggles of waking up in a neighborhood devoid of opportunities, where government neglect perpetuates a sense of invisibility and hopelessness.  Poverty leaves individuals feeling trapped in a relentless cycle of seeking aid to survive while simultaneously striving to uncover opportunities for a better life.”- Michelle Carrera-Morales (CEO)

Why Economic Mobility?

Economic mobility measures the ability of individuals and families to progress and improve their economic status over time. Prioritizing economic mobility is essential for three key reasons:

  • Indicator of National Well-Being: Economic mobility serves as a crucial indicator of national progress in enhancing human well-being, reflecting the overall health and equity of our society.
  • Driver of Growth and Prosperity: Building an economy where as many individuals as possible can realize their full potential is vital for sustained growth and shared prosperity. When people thrive, the economy thrives.
  • Foundation of Fairness and Trust: For Americans to perceive our economic system as fair, there must be a widespread belief that hard-working and enterprising individuals have genuine opportunities to advance. Ensuring economic mobility fosters trust and confidence in the fairness of our economic structures.

Fulfilling our Mission

Through research and our own 40-plus years of experience in the community we’ve learned that the most important capital is human capital- which means families. Xiente programs maximize personal capital (education, financial literacy, real estate, business opportunity) to create a path of economic mobility for individuals and their families.

  • Comprehensive: We look at all of the factors related to economic mobility: financial, health, education, social and more—evaluating your situation and giving you a clear path forward.
  • Trusted: We have been a trusted source of programs and services for our community for more than 40 years.
  • Empowering: We are about strength and empowerment- giving you the skills and foundational building blocks to transform your family’s situation today and into the future.


Xiente will be recognized for its implementation of innovative interventions that contribute to the economic mobility of families.