Slow Money NC matchmaker & author
Carol Peppe Hewitt is a pioneer in the Slow Money movement and has spoken to conferences, gatherings and community groups from Spokane to Tuscany. She enjoys discussing money with everyone from lenders to borrowers to llamas.
In May 2010, fed up with sending her money off to make a fast buck in faraway markets, and to feed her addiction to local food and local economy, Carol created Slow Money NC, a state-wide network that now includes 100+ lenders, including Carol and her husband Mark, who have made 140 low-interest loans to 70 sustainable farmers and other ‘agri-preneurs’ throughout NC to help them start or expand their businesses.
Then Carol spear-headed the purchase of a 73-acre farm that is now the permanent home to the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Music Festival.
Together these loans total over two million dollars and that number keeps climbing each month.
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.
In her book, Financing our Foodshed, Carol tells the compelling stories of the first two dozen Slow Money NC borrowers, and several of the generous people who loaned them money. It is a blueprint for anyone wanting to know how to get local financing going in their foodshed.
Carol is a small business owner, author, life-long activist, counselor, kayaker, and a pioneer in the community finance space. Her straight talk about money and the imperative to get our money flowing into our local communities is disarming and inspiring.