success stories

Adelia Butler of Second Chances Transportation

Adelia Butler was struggling through the perfect storm – she was taking care of both her sick father and sick mother, then she began to develop health issues of her own, while she was trying to maintain a full-time job. Adelia realized that in order to maintain her own health and assist her parents, she would need to start her...
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Abraham Lopez of YucaTech Technology Solutions

Abraham Lopez made a promise to his 10-year old son Johny in 2007, “Someday, we’re going to open an electronics business.” For an immigrant from Yucatan, Mexico, with little English language skills, no technical skills or money, it was a tall order. In May of 2013, after receiving training and advising at Renaissance Marin, Abraham fulfilled his promise by opening...
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Alex Salazar of Salazar Architects Studio

For years Alex Salazar, owner and principle architect for Salazar Architects Studio, Inc., has been fueled by duel passions for eco-architecture and social justice. Motivated by his desire to fuse his two passions, and help change the world in the process, Alex founded Salazar Architects Studio, Inc. in 2007 and began working with non-profit developers to design affordable and ecologically-sound...
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Alex Salazar of Salazar Architects Studio
Alicia Lopez of W & A Transport

Alicia Lopez, owner of W&A Transport, emigrated from Mexico in November of 1986 with her husband Jose Luis. They arrived with only the clothes on their backs, and today run a successful and sustainable interstate trucking business. After years of working on the production line and as a mechanic for a Bay Area soap manufacturer, Jose Luis was injured on...
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Alicia Lopez
Andrine Smith of The ReCrafting Co.

Andrine Smith is a lifelong crafter. She is an avid traditional rug hooker and knitter, among other crafts. In discussions with her fellow crafters over the years, she learned that many had amassed stashes of perfectly good and oftentimes costly crafting materials they no longer used or needed, but were reluctant to part with unless they would be put to...
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