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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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Zero Tolerance to the separation of families!

Zero Tolerance to the separation of families! Claudia Arroyo, Community Education Director June, 19 2018 Dear Prospera supporters, partners, and friends, It is with deep sadness and indignation that we write to you from Prospera to denounce the Zero Tolerance policy that is being implemented by the US government. This new attack to our immigrant community means that 45 children per day are being separated from their families! According to the Washington Post, 1,995 children have been separated from 940 adults at…

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Cero Tolerancia a la Separación de Familias!

Cero Tolerancia a la Separación de Familias! Claudia Arroyo, Directora Educación Comunitaria de Prospera  Junio, 19 2018 Apreciadas/os amigas/os y colaboradoras/es, Con profunda tristeza e indignación, escribimos en Prospera esta nota para denunciar la Política de Cero Tolerancia implementada por el gobierno de este país. Esta disposición es un nuevo ataque a nuestra comunidad migrante ya que como producto de esta ley hay en promedio ¡45 niños por día que están siendo separados de sus familias! De acuerdo al periódico…

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