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Victoria Bouloubasis

30 September 2021

Texas, United States

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Some states and cities protect residents of mobile-home communities from eviction with opportunity-to-purchase laws, which require the corporations that rent the land beneath a mobile home to give residents a chance t...

Social Voices

Nurudeen Akewushola

8 September 2021

Nigeria

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An alternative to traditional banking and ATMs is gaining popularity in Nigeria. Point of Sales centers bring banking services to people in both urban and rural settings, promoting financial inclusion and accessibilit...

Adirondack Explorer

Mike De Socio

14 August 2021

New Hampshire, United States

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Several years ago, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department created a form of insurance as a way to raise money for search and rescue operations for people hiking in the mountains. These voluntary insurance cards co...

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Sarah Ravits

19 July 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Home by Hand is a nonprofit that’s working to mitigate the effects of climate change on home ownership. Storm damage, high utility bills due to extreme weather, and the loss of housing stock due to Hurricane Katrina h...

High Country News

Jessica Kutz

8 July 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Casitas, also known as accessory dwelling units (ADUs), are being legalized and promoted by several western states. Arizona is the latest to legalize ADUs in a bid to ease the shortage of affordable housing. An ADU pi...

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Oscar Perry Abello

29 June 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A worker-owned cooperative in Chicago got the financial boost it needed to secure a commercial space for expansion through a city fund. The Chicago Community Trust allowed ChiFresh Kitchen to make their business plan ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

21 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia Financial Scholars is bringing financial literacy to students and their families as well. Students are taught about credit scores, bank accounts, and budgets, as well as entrepreneurial skills through an ...

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Emily Nonko

15 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In 2014, the community organization Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha piloted a community-based Food Buying Club in Philadelphia. This initiative allowed local residents to buy food in bulk at wholesale prices. The...

Rwanda News Agency

André Gakwaya

11 June 2021

Nyamagabe, Rwanda

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A comprehensive initiative to reduce stunting in children caused by malnutrition and poverty is seeing positive results in Rwanda. The government has provided food, frequent health assessments, and has also encouraged...

Christian Science Monitor

Richard Mertens

3 June 2021

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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The Sewing Machine Project has helped thousands of people who rely on sewing as a livelihood. The organization refurbishes used sewing machines and sends them across the world. For some recipients, access to their own...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

26 May 2021

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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Teton County in Wyoming is implementing a new "fine free" system at community libraries, and anecdotal results show it's been successful. Eliminating fines is a way for the library to address the root cause of people ...

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Jared Brey

25 May 2021

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Urban Housing Solutions, a Nashville nonprofit housing developer, made a $19.2 million investment to preserve 165 apartments for people earning in the mid-30s. In a tight and expensive housing market where aggressive ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

25 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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In just its first few weeks of existence, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Restaurant Revitalization Fund approved more than $6 billion in aid to 38,000 restaurants and other food vendors suffering economicall...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

20 May 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Two Baltimore restaurants, Red Emma's and Joe Squared, show how running or starting as worker-owned cooperatives gave them pandemic-survival skills in a business climate that killed many other small businesses. By tap...

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Oscar Perry Abello

18 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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“UNDSCVRD SF," funded by the SOMA Community Stabilization Fund and produced by the nonprofit Kultivate Labs, is a night market held once a month from July to November that features a range of Filipino vendors. There ...

Broadview Magazine

Alanna Mitchell

18 May 2021

Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada

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A hit TV show in the 1970s and ‘80s called The Beachcombers brought the town of Gibsons and its logging practices into homes across Canada. After years of pollution and land degradation, it became one of the first tow...

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Oscar Perry Abello

17 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco-based New Resource Bank was launched with environmental sustainability lending as its niche. But it pursued easier profits for a time, risking its survival and mission until a new CEO turned its fortunes...

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Ambika Chawla

14 May 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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An initiative to bring solar power to public housing in D.C. is helping residents of Jubilee Housing. Community solar, which shares the electricity generated amongst multiple households, makes solar energy an affordab...

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Rebecca Greenwald

30 April 2021

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Live Venue Recovery Fund offers a path for independent music operators to purchase their venue. The fund buys the properties, and collects rent, but are limited to a 12% return rate and the contract lays out a pat...

The New York Times

Patricia Cohen

27 April 2021

Oklahoma, United States

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SEED for Oklahoma Kids is a statewide effort to help newer generations climb the educational ladder and build assets. Parents are offered $1,000 in their newborn's name and set aside in a college savings account, dest...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kim Harrisberg

22 April 2021

Cape Town, South Africa

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Watergate Estate is working on two issues in South Africa: affordable housing and renewable energy. The housing development is installing solar panels for its residents that are being bought by people all over the wor...

BBC

Richard Kenny

20 April 2021

Zambia

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Onyx Connect sprang from the imagination of one entrepreneur who saw how poor roads and poverty made bicycles the only practical alternative to walking great distances in southern Zambia. Onyx sells sturdy bikes with ...

Freethink

Teresa Carey

17 April 2021

Maine, United States

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Running Tide Technologies, a shellfish hatchery in Maine, is betting on kelp forests as a way to store carbon deep in the ocean and sell that carbon to corporations looking to combat climate change and offset their ow...

Transitions Online

Lyudmila Maslova

13 April 2021

Andriyivka, Ukraine

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A dairy cooperative in Ukraine has brought jobs to farmers in the region and allowed them to work together to sell their milk on the market. An international nonprofit helped the Andriyivka Prosperity cooperative get ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

13 April 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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The 2012 federal JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) took some time to gain traction, but in recent years it has democratized the financing of worker-owned co-ops and other community-based entities that ordinar...

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