funds and assists eco-friendly businesses that create good employment in Central
Appalachian and Southeastern low-wealth communities. Since 2001, NCIF has successfully put to work
over $3.4 M of subordinated debt and equity in 36 sustainable businesses, creating or retaining
over 245 jobs, and leveraging $18 M from traditional lenders and investors. Industries targeted
include heritage and eco-tourism, value-added and sustainable agriculture, renewable energy,
sustainable forest products, and recycling and natural medicines.