CERO

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CERO

CERO, or Cooperative Energy, Recycling, and Organics, is a zero-waste commercial composting company based in Dorchester, MA. This bilingual, worker-owned cooperative removes more than 1,000 tons of food waste from the trash cycle annually and gets it to local farms to be composted. Food waste is one of the nation’s biggest trash issues. About 1/3

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New Day Chester

New Day Chester is a visionary redevelopment business that is breathing new life and development into downtown Chester, PA, one of the most economically depressed cities in the nation. By rehabilitating decrepit buildings and renting spaces to artists and socially-minded entrepreneurs, New Day Chester co-owners Devon Walls and the Barred Rock Fund are merging creativity,

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Rende Progress Capital

Rende Progress Capital is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and community loan fund that provides investment with a focus on racial equity. Studies by the U.S. Department of Commerce show that minority-owned firms are three times more likely to be denied loans than white-owned firms. When they are fortunate enough to be offered loans,

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wearwell

Wearwell is a home delivery fashion service that uses savvy stylists to personalize looks for its clients and ships them boxes of hand-picked items to wear or return. Their difference is that wearwell sources its clothing, handbags, and jewelry from companies that are screened for fair wages and labor practices and environmental responsibility. Pieces are

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Cheryl’s Southern Style Restaurant

Cheryl’s Southern Style is a black-owned soul food catering company that brings heart and soul to its community. Owner Cheryl Stephens prepares and markets her delicious food at the Artisans Exchange in West Chester, PA and offers take out and frozen foods. Her signature dishes include Creamy Mac and Cheese, Savory Collard Greens, Loaded Bean

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Oke USA

Oke USA was a critical early player in the importing of Fair Trade produce to North America. Importing organic fruit from Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico, they have helped expand Fair Trade beyond coffee. They have partnered with local farmers to source avocados and bananas, paying fair prices to farmers that benefit their families and lift

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Native Energy

Native Energy sells carbon offsets, renewable energy credits, and carbon tracking services, using its proceeds to invest in projects that restore the earth’s resources while serving communities in need. Untours offers their “green tags” to customers to offset the carbon footprint of their European travels and purchases its own carbon offsets for office energy usage

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NaturallySweet Desserts

NaturallySweet Desserts is a Philadelphia-based sweets company that creates what they say are “the most amazing vegan desserts you have ever tasted.” Their plant-based desserts are handcrafted with locally grown fruits and vegetables, Fair Trade Cacao, and “healing herbs and spices.” They are soy and GMO-free. When founder Sherimane Johnson developed Type 2 Diabetes, she

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Philadelphia Public School Notebook/Chalkbeat

We don’t normally fund nonprofits, but we recently had an opportunity to provide a bridge loan to the Chalkbeat, formerly known as the Philadelphia Public School Notebook (PPSN), an advocacy journalism organization that reports on the public school system of Philadelphia. This independent, nonprofit news organization focuses on topics and themes of vital importance to

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Comon Yaj Noptic

Comon Yaj Noptic is a cooperative of organic coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico founded in 1995. They work closely with our friends at Equal Exchange and some of their beans are used in Equal Exchange coffees. The farmers not only grow organically, but they participate in wildlife and ecological monitoring, particularly of the local birds.

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