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July 7, 2015
A woman named Saeedah in Tajikistan used to operate a small street kiosk from which she sold goods. Since receiving a microloan from IMON—one of the country’s largest non-bank financial institutions focusing on the country’s rural poor—Saeedah has expanded her kiosk into a building housing six shops, including a pharmacy, a grocery store, a beauty supply shop, a dentist, a bakery and a food stand. She now employs dozens of people and is training her daughter to take over the business.
April 14, 2015
We couldn’t be more excited to have made the ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list for a fourth consecutive year.
April 13, 2015
As it turns out, a lot. We recycled so much textile waste in two weeks that we won a city-wide competition!
After two weeks of dedication, bringing in bags full of pants, shirts and the perhaps the most original item—a magical unicorn jacket--New Resource Bank won the Zero Waste Textile Collection Competition hosted by the San Francisco Department of Environment and the Business Council on Climate Change.
The Zero Waste Textile Collection Competition is an effort to help eliminate the 39 million
April 14, 2015
Baykeeper celebrates its 25th anniversary with major environmental milestones
In the late 1980s, San Francisco Bay’s health was in serious decline. While environmental laws were in place to protect the Bay from pollution, they weren’t being enforced, and anyone was free to dump waste into the Bay. The thousands of contaminants entering its waters led to media articles reporting that the Bay was near death’s door.
March 20, 2015
Back in 2012, San Francisco Conservation Corps (SFCC), an inspiring nonprofit that serves young adults, needed a bank loan to bridge the gap between paying a contractor for their new recycling facility in the Presidio and a state grant they would receive shortly after. They knocked on many bank’s doors including their own bank and were turned down repeatedly. Then Ann Cochrane, Executive Director, heard about New Resource Bank and our commitment to working with nonprofit organizations.
December 26, 2014
As a corrections officer working with young offenders, Teresa Goines saw first-hand the heartbreaking cycle of kids leaving jail, being unable to get a job and returning to prison. She also saw programs designed to help these kids constantly lose their funding. She thought there must be a better way.
August 28, 2014
“If you could reduce our business to one line,” says Leda Marritz, creative director of DeepRoot, “it might be trees need soil.” In particular, city trees—which usually compete for land with sidewalks and streets. San Francisco–based DeepRoot is on a worldwide mission to nurture the urban forest, providing city trees the loose, rich soil they need.
July 16, 2014
When Eileen Hassi Rinaldi moved to San Francisco in 2003, she loved the city’s food, farmers’ markets and proximity to wine country. “But the coffee was so far behind what I was used to in Seattle,” says Rinaldi. “It was shocking.”
December 12, 2013
Veritable Vegetable is a trailblazer in many ways. The longest-running organic food distributor in the country, it was founded in 1974 as a worker collective-a part of the People's Food System, a group organized to create an alternative food system.
September 30, 2013
CODEPINK, the grassroots peace and social justice non-profit, got its name in a spontaneous play on words. It was 2002, the U.S. was hurtling toward war with Iraq, and Homeland Security was posting daily terror alerts ranging from Code Green to Code Red. So founders Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin issued their own alert: CODEPINK. Roughly translated, it meant women adamantly opposed to the war.