Providing Loans to Entrepreneurs Benefitting Low Income Communities
This solution addresses finding loans for businesses that don't fit traditional lending profiles in California (primarily Bay Area) for small businesses who also are located in or are hiring from low income communities
Problem DescriptionThis solution addresses a need for capital for businesses in their second stage of growth, who are not qualified for traditional loans from banks or the Small Business Administration. The problem with loans given out by the SBA is that often they require just as stringent criteria as normal banks. A nonprofit called Pacific Community Ventures developed their Small Business Loan program to bridge this gap. In addition to targeting these businesses, PCV also is a qualified CDFI meaning that most of their loans are targeted at businesses that are based in or hiring from low income communities. The borrowers of PCV small business loans are 50% female and 56% people of color. The loan program also offers hands-on business advising through a established community of experts via the in-house website https://businessadvising.org/.
When PCV started its small business loan program, the goal from the outset was to provide loans to an important market segment of entrepreneurs who have been neglected by traditional finance mediums. PCV loans are distributed according to specific income and demographic criteria, but at the core of this is a deep belief in the mission of the organizations that are lent money. PCV has taken many steps to provide hand-on guidance for their borrowers and because of this they have never once dealt with late payments. In 2015, their borrowers led to a 20% increase of job growth in their communities, compared to the CDFI and national average of 3% and 2% respectively. Two of their loan recipients even became credentialed enough to be eligible for loans from traditional banks. Growing constantly, in 2016 the the program anticipates 20 loan recipients.
Sustainable Development Goals
On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. This solution covers the following goals:
Social Progress Index
A link to PCV's online business advising network
- Bryan Lehrer
- Robert Porter, Pacific Community Ventures
Solution StageOne of the 7 stages of an innovation. Learn more
|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Growing scaling and spreading6||Strong leadership, management, implementation skills|
|Evidence derived from evaluations in multiple sites, and independently run randomised control trials||Innovation or impact at scale|