SEG and HarborOne Bank Launch New Video Series Called “Stories of Hope”

Providence, R.I. (June 29, 2020) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) and HarborOne Bank announce that they are partnering in the debut of a new video series called “Stories of Hope: Resiliency in Communities of Color.” The series interviews minority entrepreneurs in Rhode Island and Massachusetts who are being resourceful and creative and are thriving amidst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Cohosts for “Stories of Hope” are Claudia Cardozo, Community Development Manager for HarborOne Bank, and Jessica Vega, Pawtucket/Central Falls Program Director for SEG. New episodes for the series are posted every other week on Thursdays at

Recent guests on the program include Dr. Candida Castillo, owner and founder of the Aesthetic Dental Studio of Rhode Island, and George L. Ortiz, Jr., co-founder of The Elisha Project. Upcoming guests include Prosper Ishimwe, author of Neither Tutsi, nor Hutu: A Rwandan Memoir, and Marisol Camilo, radio host and founder of Runway for Mom. Selected interviews in the series will be available in both English and Spanish.

“We’re excited about working with HarborOne Bank to help share real-life stories from local community members,” said Jessica Vega of SEG. “Stories of Hope is an important new platform where Black and Brown business owners can share their achievements and innovations.”

“It’s a pleasure working with Jessica Vega and the SEG team to learn about the personal journeys of resilient, hardworking entrepreneurs in Black and Brown communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts,” said Claudia Cardozo of HarborOne Bank. “They inspire us with their determination to succeed.”

About Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impact by providing social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We also foster an ecosystem of diverse stakeholders who work to enable a more just, equitable and resilient economy.

About HarborOne Bank
HarborOne Bank is the largest state chartered co-operative bank in New England with $4.06 billion in assets. HarborOne Bank serves the financial needs of consumers, businesses, and municipalities throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island through a network of 25 full-service branches, one limited service branch, and commercial loan offices in Providence and Boston. The Bank also provides a range of educational services through “HarborOne U,” with classes on small business, financial literacy and personal enrichment at two campuses located adjacent to our Brockton and Mansfield locations. HarborOne Mortgage, LLC, a subsidiary of HarborOne Bank, is a full-service mortgage lender with 35 offices throughout New England.


Karen Donovan
Communications Director
Social Enterprise Greenhouse