Services We Provide

We are a non-profit program providing small business loans, business training and support and savings services to low-income aspiring business owners in Greater Des Moines, Iowa. 

LOAN & Financial Services

  • Small business loans to peer-lending groups
  • Members participate in groups, but receive individual loans
  • Savings account at a local bank, with no monthly service fee

Business Support & Training

  • Leadership and empowerment training 
  • Weekly support and meetings with a Solidarity mentor
  • Connections to trusted community resources

GROUP MICROLENDING

methodology

* 2015 Annual Report

* 2015 Annual Report

Under the Grameen peer-lending model, borrowers form groups of 5 trusted individuals in their community. Each borrower receives their own loan to start their own business. Groups meet weekly to make a small repayment on their loans, contribute a small amount to their savings account, and support each others' businesses. Our loans are 6-month loans with the opportunity for borrowers to apply for higher loan amounts after continuous and successful participation in the program.

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