Prospera is a non-profit 501 c(3) in Oakland, CA that partners with low-income Latina immigrants to build co-ops—collectively owned, local businesses. We offer candidates an exciting opportunity to bring their talents, leadership, and creativity to a unique effort advancing social justice, women’s empowerment, and community transformation. For more information, we invite you to browse our website.
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.
How We Do It
Prospera identifies groups of women who are ready to create a cooperative business, and supports the founders from business idea to launch to sustainability. Throughout our three-year program, we invest heavily in the leadership development of the founders with comprehensive training, coaching, and technical assistance.
With the support of our programs, women cultivate their leadership abilities, grow successful businesses, become skilled co-op developers, and transform their communities.
Prospera’s model of co-op development is rooted in deep partnerships with community-based organizations, industry experts, businesses, foundations, and of course, the founding worker-owners.