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     The mission of Oakland & the World Enterprises (OAW), a nonprofit organization, is to launch for-profit businesses for ownership by formerly incarcerated people and other people facing extreme barriers to employment and economic survival. Having launched our first business, West Oakland Farms, on our property at Seventh and Campbell Streets in West Oakland, California, we are currently positioned to develop a complex there for our other businesses and approximately 80, 100% affordable housing units. In addition to those businesses that will use the commercial space in the complex, we will launch other, service businesses for the housing complex, including maintenance, security and shuttle services. While it is our goal to launch a thousand businesses, we believe we are creating a model for Oakland and, indeed, the world to consider toward alleviating poverty, reducing crime and creating the conditions for prosperity for everyone.


    One of the most important aspects of our vision is that we intend to sustain our businesses to profitability. Most small and medium size businesses fail early on because they don’t have the capital to sustain themselves. Thus, it is incumbent upon us to generate and invest the capital into these businesses until they can fly on their own. And, it will be incumbent upon those businesses that succeed to re-invest a percentage of their net profits back into OAW for launching and sustaining more businesses.

West Oakland Farms

Grocery Store

Technology Center

Fitness Center

Restaurant / Live Music


    Our commitment to build affordable housing goes beyond the standard practice. Not only are we building housing for rent at affordable rates based on actual income, including government-subsidized income, not Area Median Income, but also we are offering beautiful, green housing not typical of so-called affordable housing developments, with amenities often reserved for luxury housing. Our development at Seventh and Campbell Streets features access for tenants to our Fitness Center, grocery store, blues and barbecue remix restaurant, shuttle service to the nearby BART station and other local stops, our roof top urban garden business, and provides solar and wind turbine energy sources, open spaces and community spaces, bike racks and electric car charging stations. And, we will not deny housing to formally incarcerated people or people with limited credit ratings. In the end, it is our goal to create a cooperatively-owned housing complex.


    Reduction of crime, poverty and recidivism. Establish a model for re-entry. Creation of economic development for the community. Foundation for a positive business climate. Not only will the Project transform a blighted, vacant lot into a productive, economic benefit for its users and the community, it will address the entrenched problems of crime and poverty in West Oakland toward creating a climate friendly to business development.

West Oakland Farms produce is now available at Mandela Foods in West Oakland. West Oakland Farms produce is now available at Mandela Foods in West Oakland. West Oakland Farms produce is now available at Mandela Foods in West Oakland. West Oakland Farms produce is now available at Mandela Foods in West Oakland.