LEAF’s Mission: to promote human and economic development by providing financing and development assistance to cooperatives and social purpose ventures that create and save jobs for low-income people. Since its founding over 30 years ago, LEAF has invested and leveraged over $112 million, resulting in the creation or retention of more than 10,000 jobs. LEAF lends nationally, with a focus on community-owned natural food cooperatives that create high quality jobs and provide access to healthy food in urban and rural communities; low-income cooperative housing developments; and worker-owned firms and other community-based businesses and social enterprises. Read more... With the support of a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, LEAF has launched the LEAF Technical Assistance Program, L-TAP. The program is aimed at micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses. Our goal is to help businesses increase their revenue and bottom line by providing business development tools and counseling. Read more... Looking for more information about LEAF? Sign up to receive our newsletter.