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REDF Impact Investing Fund September Newsletter

Firebrand Artisan Breads Shares Their Recipe for Success

Since 2008, beloved Bay Area bakery Firebrand Artisan Breads has been creating delicious baked goods while building an enviable company culture. With a loan from RIIF, our largest closed to-date, Firebrand will expand its operations into a new production facility and strengthen its social mission. We sat down with Matt Kreutz, CEO, and Sherry Akioka, Head of People & Culture, to learn more about their plans for growth and why they choose to continue to put their people first.

Read our Q&A. 


A Week at the Warehouse

Take a behind-the-scenes look at new borrower Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse (ERW). A $110k bridge loan, paired with a $40k working capital loan from RIIF, is supporting ERW’s move into a new leased space. Learn how their work with reclaimed building materials serves local needs while providing education, job training, and job development programs that foster growth in individuals and help strengthen the community. 

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Loan Process Snapshot

To date, ten loans totaling over $1.9M have been put to work to accelerate social enterprise growth. Take a look at our typical borrower profile and overall lending process in our newly created two-pager. Want to learn more? Reach out to Emilie Linick, Director of Impact Lending.



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