MOBILE, AL (PRWEB) November 19, 2012
The Emerging ChangeMakers Network ("ECN") today invited socially responsible investors to engage in rural wealth creation initiatives, such as ECN's community loan fund initiative for food production in Alabama's rural Black Belt. Alabama has few community loan funds of any kind. In October, ECN launched an initiative to build the state's first fund for agriculture in the rural Black Belt region.
"More people are re-assessing their investment strategies and now believe that portfolios--institutional and individual--should include socially responsible investments that support community wealth building as part of the financial strategy. We ask investors to take a look at the opportunity for investing in ECN's community loan fund initiative as a way to promote the production and distribution of healthy food. Come to Alabama," said Jessica Norwood, ECN Founder and Director.
"Black Belt food products could feed thousands of people, but there is a pressing need for more of the basics, such as refrigerated trucks and high tunnels to protect plantings from damage on the ground. Rural food production is a high value chain that is ripe for investors who want their money to make a difference in the world," she said.
"Alabama has a wealth of natural resources that make the Black Belt region a place to watch. When ECN's community loan fund has sufficient financial resources, individual and institutional lenders will also reap the harvest," Ms. Norwood said.
ECN was created in 2007 to identify and connect emerging leaders to their communities and to each other. It has received funding from the Ford Foundation to build rural wealth creation initiatives since 2010. ECN has focused on rural wealth building in the historically underserved Black Belt, a rural farming area consisting of almost two dozen contiguous counties where most of Alabama's local food is produced.
Jessica Norwood is a political consultant who has managed campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. Following Hurricane Katrina, she founded the Emerging Changemakers Network in 2007 to organize native professionals and activists and re-patriate them with their home communities through local leadership initiatives.
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