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Slow Money Helps Save Beloved Co-op

After more than 30 years in business, the SLO Natural Foods Co-op in San Luis Obispo, California, probably would not have continued to survive without the help of Slow Money SLO. Inspired by a desire to save the community’s beloved store, a group of investors started Slow Money SLO and in 2013 made $87,000 in peer-to-peer loans to help the co-op move from a tiny, rustic space to a much larger building nearby.

Maui Breadfruit Company Receives Slow Money

I am convinced that breadfruit has more potential to address food security than does any other crop in Hawaii, where we import about 90% of what we eat. Developing our local small-chain food supply is truly essential in overcoming this staggering figure.

A Figure Without a Ground Cannot Stand

A few years ago, I got a call from New York Times reporter Ron Lieber, who writes for the Your Money column. “My next column,” he told me, “is going to be called ‘Investing For The Truly Fed Up’. I can’t tell you how many folks I hear from who don’t want to invest in the military or sweatshops or tobacco or gambling or nuclear power, and now there’s a whole new wave of folks who are adding fossil fuel to the list.

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  1. Blessed Be that the love inherent in ‘truths’ shines brilliantly in those who speak and write with such depth and understanding

  2. Marco, This is a great piece. I will pass it on to others I know that can also learn from your wisdom of what is important in evaluating our finances and investments.

  3. Any interest in bringing your message to Southeast Alaska? I think SeaAlaska’s southeast sustainable partnership may be moving in that direction.

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