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Current Borrowers

AORTA – Starksboro, Vermont

A worker-owned cooperative consulting business devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy; loan for working capital. AORTA stands for Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance.

Artisan Beverage Cooperative – Greenfield, Massachusetts

A worker cooperative located in Greenfield, MA, Artisan Beverage Cooperative’s mission is to "produce the highest quality beverages possible taking into account the social and economic impacts of all decisions of the cooperative, and to demonstrate, through our...

Aurora Pocket Neighborhood – Ithaca, New York

Aurora Pocket Neighborhood is a small-scale, cooperatively owned co-housing and small lot cottage development. It is located in Ithaca, NY. Loan proceeds for building costs and to maintain affordability. http://newearthliving.net/what-we-do/aurora-dwelling-circle/

Blue Hill Co-op – Blue Hill, Maine

The Blue Hill Co-op is a cooperatively-owned grocery store that specializes in selling local & organic foods. The Co-op employs 40+ full & part-time staff members, many of whom have been with the Co-op for over 10 years. https://bluehill.coop/

Brattleboro Food Co-op – Brattleboro, Vermont

The history of the Brattleboro Food Co-op began with a small buying club in 1975. Today, the Co-op is a 14,580 square foot natural foods market and deli with over 7,200 active shareholders on the ground floor of a four-story building which also includes Co-op offices,...

Buffalo Street Books – Ithaca, New York

Centrally located in the historic DeWitt Mall, Buffalo Street Books is Ithaca’s community-owned cooperative bookstore. Originally opened as the Bookery II in 1981, the store was renamed Buffalo Street Books in 2009. In February of 2011, the Ithaca community put...

CERO Cooperative – Boston, Massachusetts

CERO, which stands for Cooperative Energy Recycling and Organics, helps local businesses and institutions meet state requirements for organic waste disposal and improve the environment. CERO collects separated organic (food) waste and has it commercially composted....

Chatham Real Food Market Co-op – Chatham, New York

The Chatham Real Food Market Co-op is a community-owned outlet for the products of our local farms and kitchens. The Co-op seeks to provide education about Columbia County agriculture and to promote a more localized food system. Our objective is to strengthen our...

Collective Copies – Amherst, Massachusetts

Collective Copies is a worker owned copy store. Loans for renovations, expansion in new location and working capital. "When interest rates were falling, CFNE showed itself very responsive to our needs." Download Collective Copies' borrower profile in pdf format.

Common Fire Foundation – Tivoli, New York

A student housing cooperative developer; loan for construction. " CFNE made all the difference in helping us get our foot in the door with a local financial institution."

Concord Food Co-op – Concord, New Hampshire

A retail food cooperative; loan for working capital and expansion. "I appreciate all that you have done for the co-op; our expansion would not be happening right now without your support. It is a great thing that CFNE does building communities."

Cultivating Community – Portland, Maine

A nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice. Founded in 2001, Cultivating Community creates and sustains greater access to healthy, local foods;...

Deep Root Organic Farmer’s Co-op – Waterbury Center, Vermont

Founded in 1985, Deep Root Organic is one of the oldest co-ops of organic vegetable growers in the United States. The co-op exists to promote local, sustainable, and organic agriculture through its small, family owned farms. Due to our size and the variety of our...

Democracy Brewing – Boston, Massachusetts

Democracy Brewing is a worker-owned brewery and pub committed to making great beers and supporting our community, set to open in March 2018! Democracy Brewing's mission is to re-create the traditional public house, brew the best beer in Boston, and serve it in...

Dorchester Food Co-op – Boston, Massachusetts

The Dorchester Food Co-op is a grassroots initiative to build a community and worker-owned grocery store that makes healthy food accessible and advances economic opportunity through neighborhood engagement. The Dorchester Food Co-op envisions a diverse community with...

Earth Designs Cooperative – Rosendale, New York

Earth Designs Cooperative's work focuses on the sustainable and artistic management of formal gardens and natural landscapes. They design, install and maintain ornamental, edible & medicinal gardens, native meadows, no-mow lawns, natural screening, and custom...

Energia, LLC. – Holyoke, Massachusetts

Energía, LLC is a socially responsible energy services company that provides energy efficiency upgrades for residential and commercial properties.  We aim to reduce utility costs and energy use throughout western Massachusetts. Energía’s mission is to create efficient...

Equal Exchange – West Brigewater, Massachusetts

Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker...

Fare Share Co-op – Norway, Maine

Since 1978, Fare Share seeks to create a high-quality, low-priced, not-for-profit food supply, democratically controlled by the membership. Loan for working capital. http://faresharecoop.org/

Fedco Seeds, Inc. – Waterville, Maine

A hybrid cooperative owned 60% by consumers and 40% by worker members, Fedco has been in business since 1978. CFNE's loans are for seasonal working capital and for building purchase.   To learn more, read Fedco's borrower profile.

Forest Glen Cooperative – Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Forest Glen Cooperative in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts features thirteen – studio, one, two and three bedroom apartment homes. The community is positioned with one, three-story building and two, two-story adjacent buildings, all aligned on the same property.

Green Mountain Spinnery – Putney, Vermont

A Worker-Owned Cooperative in Putney, Vermont. Since our founding thirty years ago we have been designing and producing richly colored, must-touch classic and contemporary yarns. To this day, our goals remain unchanged: to create yarns of the highest quality, to help...

Intervale Community Farm – Burlington, Vermont

Intervale Community Farm is a community supported agriculture (CSA) program in Burlington, VT. Loan for tunnel frame construction to expand its growth cycle. http://intervalecommunityfarm.com/

Island Employee Cooperative, INC – Stonington, Maine

Comprised of Burnt Cove Market and The Galley, this cooperative  has 42 worker-owners. By forming the Island Employee Cooperative, Inc. (IEC), the largest worker cooperative in Maine and one of the larger worker co-ops in the United States, the employees were able to...

Isuken Co-op – Lewiston, Maine

Isuken Co-op is a Somali Bantu worker-owned farm-to-table food truck in Lewiston, Maine. Delicious food, grown by New Americans, on the streets! https://isukencoop.com/#

Midcoast Fishermen’s Cooperative – Port Clyde, Maine

A cooperative whose fishermen harvest their catch using environmentally sustainable fishing methods that reduce by-catch, habitat impact and fossil-fuel consumption. Loan for working capital. Click here to watch a clip from the documentary "The Fish Belong to the...

New Frameworks – Burlington, Vermont

New Frameworks is a newly converted worker cooperative that offers a new framework for ecological design and construction. New Frameworks aims to heal the interrelationships between planet, people, and the built ecology through social and ecological regenerative...

Nonotuck Community School – Florence, Massachusetts

The Nonotuck Community School, Inc. is a nonprofit child care and early education center run with the cooperative effort of its member families. The school opened in September 1977 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Northampton in order to serve a growing community...

North Country Food Co-op – Plattsburgh, New York

As a grocery store, the NCFC carries groceries, frozen foods, refrigerated foods, bulk foods, supplements and other health care products. Line of credit for equipment upgrades and store improvements. http://northcountryfoodcoop.com/

Nuestras Raices – Holyoke, Massachusetts

Nuestras Raíces was created in 1992 by a group of community members in South Holyoke, with the goal of eventually developing a greenhouse in downtown Holyoke. The founding members of Nuestras Raíces were all migrating farmers from Puerto Rico, with a strong...

Park View Cooperative – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Park View is a limited equity housing cooperative, organized in Cambridge in 1984. It was sponsored by the City of Cambridge as an affordable housing initiative for low and moderate income people, and received assistance from the City’s Community Development...

Pelham Auto – Belchertown, Massachusetts

Pelham Auto is a cooperatively owned auto parts and service business that has been serving the Pioneer Valley for over 40 years. Loan approved to fund property acquisition. "CFNE has been flexible and responsive to us." Read the Pelham Auto Success Story and check out...

Portland Food Co-op – Portland, Maine

Portland Food Co-op is a new community owned grocery store located in Portland, ME. Loan for working capital and development. http://www.portlandfood.coop/

Putney Food Co-op – Putney, Vermont

The Putney Food Co-op is a community owned marketplace and delicatessen offering a diverse selection of quality products, committed to providing friendly and knowledgeable service. The co-op focuses on natural and organic foods, fresh and local organic produce,...

Raise-Op Housing Cooperative – Lewiston, Maine

The Raise-Op housing cooperative offers democratically controlled housing to its members and organizes residents to build equity for themselves and the greater community. Loan for property aquistion and improvements. Watch a video about Raise-Op.

Red Sun Press – Boston, Massachusetts

Red Sun Press is a cooperatively-managed printing and graphic design shop in Jamaica Plain, a diverse and burgeoning neighborhood in Boston, MA. We have a small plant with fully equipped offset presses, electronic design and pre-press capabilities, digital copy and...

Rock City Coffee – Rockland, Maine

Providing great coffee, food, live music, and community in Rockland, Maine, for 25 years, Rock City Coffee converted to a worker-owned cooperative in 2018. Learn more about Rock City and their conversion. https://rock-city-coffee.myshopify.com/

Springfield Food Co-op – Springfield, Vermont

The Springfield Food Co-op operates as a member owned store that provides healthy natural foods, emphasizing local and organic products in keeping with the International Co-op Principles and values. Located in Springfield, VT. Loan proceeds for working capital....

TimberHomes – Montpelier, Vermont

TimberHomes is a worker-owned design/build construction company in central Vermont, making timber frames for barns, pavilions and cabins around New England, and build timber frame homes in their local community.

Urban Greens – Providence, Rhode Island

Urban Greens Food Co-op is a consumer-owned and governed cooperative working to open a retail grocery store. The Co-op will be open to all and will support the health and well-being of our customers by offering nutritious, affordable food that is sustainably sourced,...

Way Finders (formerly HAP, Inc.) – Springfield, Massachusetts

A nonprofit which provides a wide range of housing services including home ownership, rental assistance, lead abatement, and safe housing for domestic violence victims to the low income population in its area, learn more on their website. Loans for working capital and...

Wellspring Harvest Greenhouse – Springfield, Massachusetts

The Wellspring Harvest Greenhouse worker owned cooperative is an urban farm. Wellspring Harvest is the first commercial hydroponic greenhouse in the City of Springfield, located at 121 Pinevale Street in the Indian Orchard neighborhood. The quarter acre (15,120 square...

Wolfeboro Food Co-op – Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Wolfeboro Community Food Co-op is a member-owned New Hampshire cooperative whose purpose is to operate a full service natural food store in the town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Our goal is to provide our members and the local community with access to high quality,...

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