Mission: Mandela MarketPlace is a 510c3 community leadership incubator that provides civic engagement, economic and entrepreneurial opportunity to low-income residents and minority farmers.
Geographic areas served: West Oakland
Programs: Mandela marketplace manages numerous ongoing projects:mandela foods cooperative is a worker-owned full service retail grocery store and nutrition education center in west oakland that fosters economic empowerment and community health. Mandela foods distribution supports small, local farmers by establishing an alternative distribution network that passes on wholesale prices to neighborhood stores and other community based businesses. The health neighborhood store alliance is a produce delivery service that increases local access points for healthy food, making produce readily available in the places that community members frequent the most. Community produce stands is a project where commuity members are able to purchase
farm fresh produce and wholesome basic staples at affordable prices in their neighborhood. Ladder up financing is a community resource where the organization provides one-on-one support to local entrepreneurs that are eligible for loans (as needed), and connect them to the organization's resource network to help them build their businesses.
I had the pleasure of engaging with Mandela Market place in South Conuty the unincorporated areas Ashland/Cherryland. Mandela Market place have and is currently managing two grant projects in my local community. Dana have been an inspiration to me personally an professionally as a woman. I've learned so much from her about sustaining a non-profit and creating great partnerships and collaborations, with county agencies and other non profit organizations. Ashland/Cherryland residents had a great need to organize around our food landscape and Mandela Market place has been great to work with and learn from.
I first met Dana at the Socap conference. It's a huge conference with a lot of fairly high falutin people. Dana's talk about her work transforming neighborhoods by galvanizing community members was by far the strongest presentation I saw.
I have worked in the nonprofit sector for 10 years and I knew from the time I met Dana and learned about her work with Mandela that I wanted to be involved. One year later I joined the board.
Mandela puts local resources to the ground tackling economic develompent, food systems and local business ownership. I truly believe there should be a Mandela Marketplace seeding and growing businesses across the country.