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Success Stories

Meet members of our community who have been helped by our programs.


Community Lending

Bajo Tierra Kitchen

The first recipients of a loan from the CIC and Community Food Bank lending partnership were business partners Cynthia Smith and Elianna Madril, whose business, Bajo Tierra Kitchen, sells Sonoran kimchi—the classic Korean fermented cabbage dish with a local twist...

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5 Points Market & Restaurant

On nearly any weekend morning, seating is at a premium at the bustling 5 Points Market and Restaurant.  It is proof that Tucsonans are buying what owners Brian Haskins and Jasper Ludwig are selling – a focus on foods and ingredients sourced from local...

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Pivot Produce

Pivot Produce is a produce distribution company active in the farm-to-table movement and a member of CIC's Food Entrepreneur Loan Program with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Founder and chef, Erik Stanford, has built a consortium of...

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Copper Brothel Brewery

“The team at CIC was easy to work with during a time in the financing process where it was welcomed and refreshing. This is a great bridge program for rural area communities.” –Bob Jesser, Copper Brothel...

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“Working with Community Investment Corporation has been a great experience! From the beginning, I felt like the staff truly cared about my business and made it a comfortable process. They are always encouraging and very understanding. I definitely recommend CIC when...

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Dish for Dosha

“CIC is the hero who propelled Dish for Dosha into the raw juice market by helping us fund our dream with their startup capital. They believed in me since the first day I arrived at their office; even when I had nothing tangible to back up my wishful dreams. I can now...

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Home Ownership Assistance

Mortgage Credit Certificates are a blessing! – Leslie A.

"My lender added the MCC when I was closing on my house because she knew about the benefits of signing me up for the program. I’ve saved thousands over the years. One year, I used the money toward the purchase of a car – it’s so hard to save for big purchases like...

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Mortgage Credit Certificate helped house upgrade! – Rodney B.

"The tax credit is great – the refund definitely helps with big things like bills and home improvement projects. One year, my tax person asked how I got the MCC because he said it was like finding gold for homeowners. The best part about the MCC though is how helpful...

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Mortgage Credit Certificate help me pay off my debt! – Denise B.

"I found out about the Mortgage Credit Certificate from a peer at work. With the program, I save an extra $500 to $1,200 every year on my taxes. With this savings, I’ve been able to pay off my debt faster. For me, it’s not just about the discount, though. When I got...

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Mortgage Credit Certificate is simple to use!- Howard B.

"My realtor told me about the MCC program when I was buying my house. Every year I use it, I end up owing less money at tax time. The program is simple, especially if you do your own taxes like I do. It’s really not very difficult given the benefits you receive. I...

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Charter School Services

Caurus Academy

Caurus Academy, located in Anthem, Arizona, is a fast growing, AdvancED and “A” ranked free public charter school. Founded in the Responsive Classroom approach (teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic competencies in a strong and safe school...

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