We welcome COHIF, Delectable Desires Pastries, Good Clothing Company, and WeSpire to the BII community.
Coalition of Occupied Homes in Foreclosure (COHIF) works to stabilize the Greater Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester by providing an innovative means for keeping residents of foreclosed properties in their homes, developing permanently affordable housing, and helping replicate those efforts in other Greater Boston neighborhoods. BII provided a loan to support COHIF’s Community Stabilization Pilot Project, advancing anti-displacement strategies.
Delectable Desires Pastries offers edible art in the form of cakes and pastries. Owner Carlene O’Garro, a Mattapan native, says that her Caribbean roots influence her use of ingredients and baking style. Forgoing law school to pursue her passion, Carlene has received numerous awards for Delectable Desires Pastries. BII provided a loan to support Delectable Desires in opening its second location at South Station.
Good Clothing Company is dedicated to rebuilding the U.S. apparel manufacturing industry. They work with emerging designers, eco-fashion pioneers and others looking for a local production partner to scale with them. Good Clothing Company aims to pay workers quality wages and use environmentally sustainable production practices. BII provided a loan to support growth of the company’s Fall River operations to meet rapidly increasing client demand.
WeSpire is an employee engagement platform that empowers forward-thinking global organizations to enhance their results. WeSpire helps employees build awareness, take action and inspire others to participate in programs including sustainability, culture and team building. BII made an equity investment to support WeSpire’s growth and expand the platform’s diversity and inclusion offerings.