LiftFund was founded to level the financial playing field for the underestimated entrepreneur.
We provide a hand up to small business owners, so they have a chance to succeed. We’ve provided millions of dollars in micro and small business loans to diverse, hard-working entrepreneurs with a 96% successful repayment rate. For every $1 we lend, there is a positive economic return of $14. Daily, thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs are denied capital and tap into high interest rate debt and predatory lenders that cost more than they can afford. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to build a company successfully with capital no matter their background, race, ethnicity, sexual identity or geography.
LiftFund is a private, independent non-profit Community Development Financial Intuition (CDFI) and Community Development Corporation (CDC) that supports small business owners with limited access to capital through small business loans and technical support for their dreams of entrepreneurship.
We could not do this work alone, partnering with community leaders, lending institutions, governments, foundations, and small business serving organizations to create a support system and network for our clients.
We provide direct capital to our clients including SBA microloans, SBA Community Advantage, SBA 504 Loans, EDA Loans in our 15-state footprint.
In 1994, we were founded by Janie Barrera and opened our first office in San Antonio with three employees. Today we are in 15 states providing a pathway to business and financial success and helping thousands of people access opportunity. Along with our lending products, LiftFund provides resource and consultation services at no cost to our clients.
LiftFund transforms lives by opening doors, leveling the financial playing field and building a community of shared success through entrepreneurship.
LiftFund’s mission is to provide credit and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources and to provide leadership and innovation in the microlending industry.
We believe that our work propels dreams, cultivates confidence, is a journey with our clients, and allows us to champion small business success.
We are dedicated to our customers – we listen, care and serve.
We lead with integrity – we are collaborative, accountable, and transparent.
We strive to be better – we innovate, grow, and excel in our products and services.
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Since 1994 LiftFund has propelled the dreams of small business owners by providing affordable, responsible credit and knowledge so they can unleash their potential as entrepreneurs. Everyone deserves a chance to succeed especially our clients.
LiftFund, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), makes a real difference in the lives of diverse, hard-working entrepreneurs. We believe micro has a macro impact and our history proves it. For every $1 we provide a client, there is a $14 positive economic return.
Everyone at LiftFund is passionate about providing entrepreneurs the credit and tools they need to succeed. Click the button below to meet our dedicated team members.