Prospera is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization based in Oakland, CA. We are dedicated to empowering low-income Latina immigrants through cooperative business ownership. We inspire and support these women in transforming their lives by partnering with them to build co-ops—collectively owned, local businesses – because when women have ownership over their lives and work, they can transform their families and communities.
What Compels Us
Inequality and a lack of economic mobility define today’s economy, putting the American Dream out of reach for the vast majority of low-wage workers. This is particularly true for the many immigrants employed in the U.S. service sector, who, despite their determination and tenacity, often struggle to make ends meet.
Prospera builds worker-owned green businesses that create healthy, dignified jobs for low-income women. We launch cooperatives where women develop personal and professional skills, become leaders, and gain economic security.
At Prospera, we believe that co-ops are a vehicle for individual, community, and economic transformation. We have a vision of immigrant workers building a movement of cooperative business ownership across the US, enabling that transformation on a large scale.