Commonwealth Charlotte is an impact investing strategy taking aim at city renewal at home and enterprise solutions to poverty in Africa.
Our first investment was in COhatch, an innovative coworking company that seeks to revitalize dozens of neighborhoods and fuel grassroots entrepreneurship across Charlotte. Our second investment helped launch the Charlotte-based World Shoe company’s manufacturing operations in Ghana.
COhatch is current searching for up to 10 historically and architecturally significant buildings to purchase for its Charlotte locations. It has also purchased Charlotte’s longest standing and community space called hygge. COhatch will operate hygge’s five existing locations in the 3rd Ward, Belmont, Camp Greene, Camp North End and Wesley Heights—click here.
Manny Ohomne built Samaritan’s Feet in Charlotte 20 years ago with a big dream: to put shoes on the feet of 10 million of our poorest neighbors. And to distribute each pair with a foot washing modeling Jesus’ love and humble service.
Remarkably, Samaritan’s Feet plans to distribute the 10 millionth pair of shoes in Cape Town in October 2023. And that pair of shoes will be among the first shoes manufactured at Samaritan’s Feet’s new manufacturing facility in Ghana. This combination of relief and development is a powerful Charlotte solution to Africa’s poor today and its prosperity tomorrow.
Commonwealth has teamed up with Manny and a growing network of Charlotte leaders interested in human flourishing across Africa.