We invest in mission-driven women that are creating economic opportunity for themselves and others. Through grants, pro-bono services and access to "social capital," we provide the investment and support that many women need to jump start their education or entrepreneurial dreams. 

 
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Fatemeh

Afghan refugee esl certification

Sacramento, CA

LONA supports a female Afghan refugee and aspiring entrepreneur as she enrolls full-time in ESL courses and engages in one-on-one English tutoring. Fatemeh has big dreams to positively impact the refugee community, and we believe that Fatemeh’s ability to become fluent in English is the first step to achieving her goals.

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Julie

EasyTRO Web Application Development

Alameda County

EasyTRO is a web application that helps victims of abuse through the process of filing a restraining order in Alameda county. Through funding, LONA supports Julie and her team in design, development, testing and launch of the application. This application would undeniably reduce the amount of time & money filers must typically spend on this process, allowing them to reallocate these precious resources to rebuilding their lives.

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Shana

Business Expansion with the Purchase of a Catering Van

Oakland

LONA invests in Shana, director and cofounder of Mamacitas Cafe, with funding for the purchase of a catering van. A catering van would allow Shana to expand the business's service area, and ultimately hire more women. We fully align with Mamacitas’ goal to support young women entrepreneurs and focus on upward mobility for communities that have been historically overlooked.

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Fernay

Business Expansion with the Purchase of a Convection Oven 

Emeryville

LONA invested in Fernay McPherson, owner of Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement, with funding for a convection oven that will increase food production and introduce new items to the menu (including dessert!) With our investment, we align with Fernay’s goal of preserving diversity and providing opportunity to women and people of color.

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Sana

Healthcare Pilot for Spice Farm Workers in India

Oakland

LONA partnered with Sana Javeri Kadri, founder and owner of Diaspora Co., to fund a Healthcare Pilot for farm laborers in India. We believe that by providing routine healthcare to laborers - the majority of whom are women - we can help create an environment of health and economic stability that will positively impact the greater community for generations to come.

 

A diverse, inclusive and equitable world is one where all humans, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. As an organization, we are committed to advancing this ideal by elevating the work and voices of a diverse set of grantees, who have unique opinions and outlooks that are independent of LONA. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages, and work to ensure that all voices are valued and heard.