In Winnipeg’s North End, an Indigenous-owned grocer, restaurant and gallery opened its doors in 2013 to revitalize the low-income neighbourhood. The social enterprise, called Neechi Commons, secured a 50,000-square-foot building with a large mortgage.
Five years later, however, the Commons was forced to close after struggling to stay afloat financially and falling behind on interest payments. When the social enterprise shut its doors, it owed $3.9 million to its primary lender, Assiniboine Credit Union.
In the world of social finance, nearly all of the stories you hear about are successes: achieving a positive social impact, good returns for investors or even both. Cases like Neechi Commons, however, show that it does not always go to plan.
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