Success stories

It was called “monumental,” “pioneering,” and “the most important affordable housing project in New England.”
“Go figure it out.” Machine shops create mounds of metal shavings and odd-sized ends of rods, all literally dripping cutting fluids. They consider it waste.
“Can-do” doesn’t begin to describe Audra Anderson. Until recently, Audra was the secretary for Heron Point Estates Cooperative in Newmarket, and a volunteer on four committees. She is an advocate for mental health awareness, as well as a trainer and group facilitator for NAMI NH.
Go ahead, ask Mandy Bartley what she loves about her new manufactured home. You’ll be a while. She loves the quiet in her corner of Exeter River MHP Cooperative. She loves having a mud room and built-in microwave.
She was the strong one. Laurie Goguen was the protective older sister. The perfect mother, homemaker, and career woman. “I was on a mission,” she says. “Perfectionism something fierce.”
April Levin wanted some life insurance. Not the kind that cashed out after she died. The kind that improved her life and those of her sons while she was still very much alive.
Jane and Peter McLaughlin of Lyme first invested in the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund in 2009. Their investment earns interest along with an "intangible dividend", the knowledge that their money “is being used for all the right purposes.”
New Hampshire is one of the hardest states in which to make a living farming. Just 27% of N.H. farm operators report making a profit; the national average is 46%. But that may be changing, driven partly by a growing awareness among consumers and institutions of the nutritional and economic value of locally produced food:
“I liked the way it felt when I walked in the door.” Donna Meuse, a full-time working mom, needed child care for her 6-week-old daughter, Jessica. Immediately, the Kingston Children’s Center felt homey and caring, filled with active toddlers and smiling teachers talking and playing with them.
How tenuous is the business of child care? “ ‘This might be the last year.’ … Every year, that was the first thing we’d say at the first board meeting,” says Lyn Schmucker, director of the Sunnybrook Montessori School in Lancaster.