Entries by Monica Hinojos-Capes

Synergy Contracting

Synergy Contracting is a fully bonded, unionized, women-owned construction company specializing in Environmental Remediation, Demolition, and Cleaning Construction Services based in Lawrence, MA. Jeysi Zuniga, the founder and CEO, is an immigrant from Guatemala and is determined to provide opportunities and entry points for women in the construction industry. In 2022, BII provided a line […]


ChopValue Boston manufactures and sells a variety of commercial and residential wood products made out of previously discarded chopsticks. ChopValue’s business model exemplifies the concept of the circular economy: chopstick waste is recycled, converted to a useful good at a microfactory, then purchased by local customers. CEO, Elaine Chow, focuses on hiring young adults facing […]

An Interview with BII Board Member, Lisa Owens, Executive Director of Hyams Foundation

In conversation with Sabrina Nunez-Diaz, BII Impact Investing Associate What were the pivotal moments that led you to where you are today? The pivotal moment was being part of an incredible youth-led community organization. When I was 11, family members in Roxbury created an organization called “Free My People”. They trained us to fight for […]

California-based impact investor Pacific Community Ventures includes a case study on BII as one of the most promising practices and resources

A new report from California-based impact investor Pacific Community Ventures includes a case study on BII as one of the most promising practices and resources that can help companies and investors integrate negative impact management into their impact measurement and management (IMM) approach. Read more.

Hillside Harvest

Hillside Harvest is a Caribbean-American natural condiment brand that sells at regional grocery stores, local farmers markets, direct-to-consumer on their website, and even at Fenway Park! Hillside Harvest has developed three hot sauce flavors and two Jamaican jerk marinades. Founder Kamall Jarrett’s vision was to create a brand that would bring the Caribbean flavors of […]

All In Energy

All In Energy is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that seeks to accelerate an inclusive, clean energy economy for underserved communities in Massachusetts. They are also increasing energy sector job opportunities for diverse talent through their internship program with local universities and community colleges. In 2021, BII made a term loan to All In Energy to […]

99 Degrees Custom

99 Degrees Custom is an apparel manufacturer in Lawrence, MA. With fast turnaround times and a skilled staff, they aim to produce performance activewear and wearable technology faster than any factory in western hemisphere. The company is dedicated to creating quality jobs for its 350+ employees by paying living wages with a path to $35/hour, […]

Eastie Farm

Eastie Farm is a community-based nonprofit focused on climate justice, food access, and building-community resilience. They address these issues through creating green spaces throughout East Boston. With the help of neighborhood volunteers, they have transformed several vacant lots into community gardens. In 2021, BII provided a line of credit to Eastie Farm to finance grants […]