Carol Peppe Hewitt
Matchmaker, Slow Money NC & Community Sourced Capital
Fed up with sending her money off to make a fast buck in faraway markets, and to help feed her addiction to local food and local economy, Carol started making low-interest loans to sustainable farmers and food entrepreneurs in NC to help them start or expand their businesses.
Out of that passion she grew Slow Money NC, a state-wide network that now includes over 100 other lenders who have made 130 loans to 63 sustainable farmers and other ‘agri-preneurs’ throughout North Carolina. These loans total about 1.3 million dollars and that number keeps growing each month.
In her book, Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money, Carol shares the inspiring stories of ordinary people doing something extraordinary, and speaks to those who understand the critical importance of a resilient local foodshed and want a blueprint to get them there.
Always looking for new ways we can finance our local businesses, Carol is also bringing Community Sourced Capital to NC, a lending platform that got its start in Seattle and Portland, that can makes local financing even easier.
Carol is a small business owner, author, activist, and a pioneer in the community finance space. She is a sought after public speaker, as her straight talk about money and the imperative to get our money flowing into our local communities is both disarming and inspiring.