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Prospera’s New Entrepreneur Fellowship

Announcing Prospera’s New Entrepreneur Fellowship Accelerating Latina led cooperative businesses Oakland (May 16, 2019) – Prospera Community Development is thrilled to announce the launch of a brand-new Fellowship – a unique, culturally focused program that accelerates the incubation of Latina-led cooperative businesses. Prospera’s new Fellowship program is modeled after several prominent social impact fellowships that provide seed funding combined with comprehensive support to social entrepreneurs. What’s unique about Prospera’s new fellowship program is that it is dedicated exclusively to lifting up Latina…

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For the Common Good!

For the Common Good!By Alex Miranda, Board Chair  My experience at Prospera has been incredibly enriching. As the Chair of the Board I have learned to connect different ideas from people and communities with diverse life experiences for a common good: our Latinx community. I have explored my own humility knowing that some of us are born with privileges, or we have easy access to certain privileges, more than others, without attributing these privileges to our capacity.     Life takes us on different paths…

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Unity builds strength by Claudia Arroyo

I am pleased to share that we have started a strategic alliance with Excelsior Works! (EW), a multicultural and multilingual workforce development center based in the Excelsior neighborhood in San Francisco, CA. Last Thursday, April 18th, we visited the EW facilities and held a cooperative talk led by Kristina Molina from Producciones Arcoiris cooperative, Ana Castaño from The Nanny Collective, and Anahi Rojas, founding member of Professional Eco- Cleaning cooperative. Around 30 women from the Excelsior neighborhood learned about cooperatives and were inspired by Kristina’s, Ana’s and Anahi’s stories. Lourdes, one of the participants said…

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Ding-Ding-Ding! by Maite Gascó

Ding-ding-ding! – by Maite Gascó Ding-ding-ding! When the little bell sounds at Prospera, we are especially delighted because we know that we have received new support. All the bells are significant and they all have a story behind them. This past April 9, we were welcomed into a Walnut Creek home by Gina and Alexandra. They opened the door with a huge smile and invited us into their beautiful living room to meet many other smiling faces — all of them women. We…

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Producciones Arcoiris is up and running! by Claudia Arroyo

Producciones Arcoiris is up and running! by Claudia Arroyo  There is a saying that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone … and if you want to go far, bring company.” As it turns out, Producciones Arcoiris (Rainbow Productions) Co-opis going fast and soon will be going very far! The twelve members of this cooperative business graduated from Explora just last December and since then, they have met every Thursday to formalize their cooperative project: A production company of artistic events serving the East Bay. I feel extremely proud and inspired…

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Celebrating our 2018 Fellows

Celebrating our 2018 Fellows After a year long commitment of growth and learning, we celebrated the graduation of our 2018 Fellows, Madeleine Hernandez Rodriguez and Mayerling Castillo! Their time at Prospera has been a great experience for everyone. Their hard work has been essential to support Prospera at key moments, but most importantly to their personal and professional development! Madeleine Hernández focused her fellowship on Marketing and Social media. Her role was instrumental in promoting the 2018 Summit and Prospera’s programs. She…

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Prospera and The San Francisco Foundation renew their partnership to advance racial and economic equity in the Bay Area! 

For Immediate Release The San Francisco Foundation renews its commitment with a $50,000 Equity Grant to support Bay Area Latina entrepreneurs. Prospera is the only nonprofit in the U.S. that focuses solely on advancing Latina economic empowerment through cooperative business ownership. Oakland (March, 11th 2019) –  Prospera and The San Francisco Foundation renew their partnership to advance racial and economic equity for Latina immigrant women. Prospera Community Development (Prospera) is honored to announce that it has been awarded, for the…

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International Women’s Day on Univision!

International Women’s Day on Univision! On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day, Univision invited us to talk about the role of Latina Entrepreneurs on this day of celebration and proclamation. Nancy Rosales, Founder of Pepitos Paletas and Prospera ambassador talked about her experiences and challenges as a woman entrepreneur. We are thankful to Univision and Nancy for giving voice to Latina womenon such an important occasion! Do not miss it! Link to the interview

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2018 Prospera Highligths 

2018 Prospera Highligths  This year, thanks to the ongoing support of people like you, we’ve touched the lives of more than 150 women. We’ve also invested in expanding our incubation programs. You’ve helped us: Improve Explora tu cooperativa, an exciting, interactive 30 hour curriculum that covers the fundamentals of cooperative business ownership. This year 52 Latinas graduated from the course, this is more than double than in past years, and many more are on a waiting list for the program…

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A Special Thank You

A Special Thank You by Prospera Team Thank you for getting behind Prospera’s Latina immigrant entrepreneurs during this very trying year. The impact of so much turmoil has certainly challenged all of us to take a hard look at what is truly important. At Prospera we are convinced, now more than ever, that investing in the long term financial health and wellbeing of immigrant women is absolutely essential. Every day Prospera’s Latina entrepreneurs stretch our imaginations with big aspirations, ideas, and dreams. These women are fighters; day in and…

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