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Transition Salt Spring Enterprise Co-op
is a volunteer-run community investment co-op established in 2011 to enable islanders to invest in their community.  Co-op members pool their money together to directly support local businesses and projects through our Green Loans Salt Spring program.  We provide low-interest financing and related mentoring support to projects and enterprises on Salt Spring Island that advance community objectives such as increased community resilience, food security, community and ecosystem health, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

As of June 2020, the Co-op has provided more than $125,000 in microloans to support 21 green projects on the island, including two business start-ups, the EV charging station at ArtSpring, the community Abattoir and two Island Pathways projects. And the list keeps growing!



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Green Loan Recipients

Salt Spring Sea Salt

Salt Spring Sea Salt’s  mission is to introduce fleur de sel and become the industry leader for the product in this part of the world.  Fleur de sel is a specialty salt at the high end of the gourmet salt market. Salt Spring Sea Salt harvests and evaporates local sea water to prepare, sift, pack and label fleur de sel by hand. …
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Axe and Reel Emporium

Axe and Reel Outdoor Emporium, located at 111 Rainbow Road sells gently used outdoor sporting goods and work wear.  New goods include work and hiking boots, wool and cotton socks, and a variety of work pants and shirts. The store fills the gap in the market for work wear for the trades and service industry while…
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Bohemia Consignment

Bohemia Consignment, located at 111 Rainbow Road is a green business by nature.  During its 4 year life it has built a 100% recycled, previously worn inventory.   It offers locals access to quality affordable clothing appealing to all styles and sizes.  Everything about Bohemia is local – it sources locally, sells locally, the consignors generate revenue…
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Shepherd Shoes

Shepherd Shoes is a new Salt Spring business that blends the making of shoes and accessories with a repair service. It is located at 320A Upper Ganges Road (across from Merchant Mews).   The brand is an artisan line of classic styles, hand crafted footwear and accessories that are produced and sold locally with an emphasis…
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Coast Alive Recreational and Ecological Services

Coast Alive Recreational and Ecological Services was founded on Salt Spring in 2006.  It is an environmental business that offers a variety of outdoor services that help property owners or land stewards maintain and enjoy a healthy and natural landscape in a low-impact way.  The services include invasive plant control, wildlife habitat enhancement, ecosystem restoration and…
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