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SOIL – Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally

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by Woody Tasch, founder, Slow Money 

I often refer to Slow Money as “the CSA of investing.” As with community-supported agriculture, our efforts revolve around informal, direct relationships and shared risk. Slow Money funding is flowing in a variety of ways in dozens of communities across the United States (and a few in Canada and France) — peer-to-peer lending, investment clubs, angel networks and pitch fests at public events large and small.

How to Initiate a Local Foodshed Resilience Program

A Call to Action
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by Theo Ferguson; founder, Healing Living Systems and Stuart Valentine; founder, Centerpoint Investment Strategies

Imagine you are seated on a patio in the Tuscan countryside. The fresh mozzarella coupled with sweet tomatoes, ripe from the warm sun, pairs beautifully with the garlic sourdough bread and crisp local wine. The setting opens the heart and soothes the soul. The vineyard you overlook is in its crucial stage of ripening, that last conversion of acid to sugar, and the company of friends and family couldn’t be better.

Transformation at the Crossroads: Impact Investing in South Africa

South Africa's Lessons for Impact Investors
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by Donna Katzin, Executive Director, Shared Interest, a social investment fund that mobilizes the financial and human resources of South Africa’s lowest income communities of color. Since 1994, Shared Interest has helped to create more than 180,000 new small and micro-enterprises, 1.9 million jobs, and 120,000 affordable homes – benefiting 2.3 million economically marginalized South Africans – the majority of them women. 

Ag News Roundup: October 2014

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World Food Day on October 16 focused much attention on the role of the 500 million family farmers in feeding and 

Want To Really Stand With Small Farmers?

Watch The Video, Help Plant A Tea Bush In India, Win Good Stuff!
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Please share the video and help us reach our goal of 5,000 views which equals 5,000 new tea bushes* at Potong tea co-operative in Darjeeling, India! In exchange we’ll send you a free “I Stand with Small Farmers” T-shirt.

P.S. Don’t be afraid to share or even watch more than once. If we blow through our goal of 5,000 bushes before October is over, we will raise the bar with a new goal! Keep up on our progress. on Facebook.

NCBA Launches “The Fix” Public Awareness Campaign to Highlight Benefits of Co-ops

Shows How Cooperatives Bring Jobs, Affordable Housing & Healthy Food Access; Mobile App & Contests Reward Individuals To Shop Locally & Live Cooperatively
Press Release

(3BL Media) Washington, DC - October 2, 2012 - A new public awareness campaign is highlighting how cooperatives are “The Fix” to many of the tough problems affecting the US, including job creation, worker empowerment, affordable housing and healthy food access. The campaign, developed by the National Cooperative Business Association and Cabot Creamery Cooperative, will also reward consumers who learn about and utilize the nation’s 29,000 cooperatives.

The 2012 Cabot Community Tour Concludes with Huge Celebration in Portland, Maine

The 2,300-Mile, Two-Month Celebration from Miami to Portland Honored Volunteers, Community and Cooperatives
Press Release

(3BL Media) Portland, ME - July 12, 2012 - Nearly a thousand people gathered at Payson Park earlier this week to welcome a group of bike riders who rode 2,300 miles from Miami, Florida to Portland, Maine as part of Cabot Creamery Cooperative’s 2012 Community Tour, a two-month long celebration of volunteers, community and cooperatives.  The riders were greeted by throngs of well wishers, family and friends and were accompanied by riders from throughout the greater Portland area as they rode i

Cabot® Creamery Cooperative Celebrates The United Nation's International Year of Cooperatives in Portland on July 7th

Globe Drop and Day of Festivities Mark the Impact Cooperatives Have On The U.S. and Global Economy at the Only Celebration of its Kind in the United States
Press Release

(3BL Media) Cabot, VT - July 7, 2012 - Did you know more than one billion people worldwide are members of cooperatives?  Did you also know that the domestic and international cooperative movement represents more than $1 trillion in revenues, and that if all the world’s cooperatives were a country, it would be the size of Spain, and rank as the tenth largest Gross Domestic Product in the world?  This economic activity is even more impressive because it is generated by people working together, in a democratic fashion, to meet their

Support for Women's Cooperatives in the Ivory Coast: Interview with Dr Didier Kême and Karidja Thomas

Dr Didier Kême and Karidja Thomas on Support of the Aid by Trade Foundation for Women’s Cooperatives in Ivory Coast
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At the end of last year C&A, a Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) demand partner, organized a Christmas contest through its social media community, asking users to vote for one of three initiatives. CmiA received the most votes by a long shot, taking first place and wining the funds now being invested in a public private partnership project to support women’s cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire. In the past Cotton made in Africa already initiated four social projects aimed at promoting the educational infrastructure of sub-Saharan Africa. The current project in Côte d’Ivoire is the first specifically focused on strengthening women’s rights in Africa. In cooperation with the German Investment and Development Society (DEG) and the Ivoire Coton cotton company, 1,250 women and 12,500 family members will profit from financial start-up assistance inside of a year. The goal is to help women achieve economic independence. 

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At the end of last year C&A, a Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) demand partner, organized a Christmas contest through its social media community, asking users to vote for one of three initiatives. CmiA received the most votes by a long shot, taking first place and wining the funds now being invested in a public private partnership project to support women’s cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire. In the past Cotton made in Africa already initiated four social projects aimed at promoting the educational infrastructure of sub-Saharan Africa. The current project in Côte d’Ivoire is the first specifically focused on strengthening women’s rights in Africa. In cooperation with the German Investment and Development Society (DEG) and the Ivoire Coton cotton company, 1,250 women and 12,500 family members will profit from financial start-up assistance inside of a year. The goal is to help women achieve economic independence. 

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