Alumni Profile

Prosperity Market: Not your average farmer’s market

Transforming ecosystems through agriculture, food access, nutrition education, and community.

Prosperity Market addresses the stark disparity between California’s status as the leading agricultural producer and Los Angeles’ high levels of food insecurity. With 2.6 million Angelenos struggling to access healthy, affordable food, and only 91 grocery stores serving a population of 820,000 in South Los Angeles, the need for intervention is clear. Lack of access to nutritious food contributes to health issues like diabetes and obesity, particularly affecting black and brown communities, which are also disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Prosperity Market offers a solution by operating as a mobile market, uniquely positioned to tackle food insecurity in the community. By focusing on the local food system and providing a platform for black farmers and food producers, the company not only addresses immediate needs, but also creates jobs, strengthens the local economy, and promotes equity. With a commitment to creating an inclusive and sustainable solution, Prosperity Market aims to make a positive impact on both the community and the broader food system.

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Carmen Dianne

Co-founder & CEO
Prosperity Market

Kara Still

Co-founder & COO
Prosperity Market
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This fellowship is a game-changer. The Larta team took the time to understand our challenges and gaps and have actively provided resources, introductions, assistance and more to help us reach our milestones. Our solar-powered and EV mobile farmers market will be ready to hit the road in no time. It’s also inspiring to be in a cohort of so many other amazing businesses who are doing their part to change their communities.

Carmen Dianne & Kara Still

Co-Founders
Prosperity Market

Alumni News

November 16,2023

Prosperity Market's New Farmers Market on Wheels

California Live correspondent Laila Muhammad takes us inside Prosperity Market’s new mobile farmers market that made its debut at the 2023 L.A. Auto Show. Prosperity Market aims to bring fresh produce to underserved neighborhoods as well as showcase black farmers.

February 27, 2023

Meet the women behind LA's groundbreaking Black-owned mobile farmers market

A former Hollywood makeup artist and fashion designer both stepped away from their respective crafts to create meaningful change in their community through food.

August 8, 2022

Prosperity Market’s Black Business Scavenger Hunt returns for National Black Business Month

The market’s co-founders Carmen Dianne and Kara Still joined us live with a preview along with vendors that are participating. A month long event is inspiring Angelenos to visit and shop local black owned businesses and it’s all in honor of Black Business Month. 

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