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11 Companies To Restore Your Faith In Humanity
source: BuzzFeed | 11 Companies To Restore Your Faith In Humanity
Written by 1centspikes, posted on Apr 14, 2014
These small companies are out to change the world, and just might be melting our cold cynical hearts in the process.
Stockbox Neighborhood Grocery is bringing fresh, real food to underserved areas known as ‘food deserts.’ With two stores opened in just three years and one more on the way. Stockbox is changing the face – and health – of communities all around Seattle.
They call it “sustainable finance.” We call it being a good neighbor. Either way you look at it, Community Sourced Capital is changing the way businesses grow. Funders (you) purchase a unit (“square”) of a larger loan made to a business for $50. That $50 is then repaid, in full, by the business. It’s not a donation or an investment. It’s a way to move money to a community business while still getting paid back.
Close to Home builds resilient temporary and permanent shelters for those made homeless by industrial and natural disasters. Their shelters are relatively inexpensive and can be delivered in 72 hours and assembled in just a few days. This can be an ideal option for disaster victims who all too often have inadequate or vastly over priced alternatives.
Every year 5 million people die from diseases that could be prevented with everyday hand soap. That’s why Bill and Courtney Glaab started Hand in Hand Soap, which for every bar bought donates a bar to a child in need. (They also donate proceeds to rainforest conservation and carbon offsets.)
5. Soup Cycle
Soup and bikes?? What’s not to love? Anyone in Portland or Corvallis, Oregon can get local, organic, handcrafted soup delivered by bike. Besides making delicious concoctions, these soup peddlers (see what we did there?) have cut out over 38,000 car miles on their two-wheeled alternatives.
This company, focused on Kenya, sells customizable lantern kits to help those who have no access to electricity and are sick and dying by the thousands from indoor kerosene lantern pollution.
7. Solar Mosaic
This “kickstarter for solar” company is rapidly growing and allows almost anyone to become a renewable energy investor. You can invest for as little as $25, which helps ensure more solar projects are completed, and you get repaid – with interest.
Better World Books collects and sells books that libraries and colleges are otherwise going to toss in the trash, and sets aside part of each book sale for its nonprofit literacy partners, including Books for Africa, and Room to Read. They’ve donated over 11 million books and resold 125 million.
After sitting on a toilet for 50 hours during their kickstarter campaign, these three social entrepreneurs raised enough money to start their toilet paper company that gives half the profits to NGOs improving sanitation in developing countries.
We all have things we no longer want around the house (a juicer you just aren’t going to use, an extra set of headphones) that’s perfectly good but just not necessary. This member-powered exchange makes sure nothing goes to waste and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Users earn credits for giving away items, and then use those credits to “bid” on other users’ stuff.
11. Farm Power
Two dairy farming brothers in Mount Vernon Washington own and operate Farm Power, a company that turns farm waste back into renewable energy. Manure from cows (like these two beauties) is converted in anaerobic digesters to usable fertilizers and natural gas that can be utilized by farmers across the region.
Making money and doing good.
Social entrepreneurs like these are popping up all across the country and world. Coincidentally, over half the businesses on this list got their start at Seattle’s social enterprise hub; the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) at Pinchot.