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...

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