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Self-Help Ventures Fund is more than just a lender. We’re an organization with a mission: to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all.

We believe in providing fair, responsible loans that drive economic development, support small businesses and create vibrant communities. Self-Help Ventures Fund, the home of our SBA 504 program, is part of a larger family of Self-Help organizations.


Through these organizations,GroundbreakingCeremony

  • We help borrowers nationwide build wealth by providing fair and responsible loans to homebuyers, businesses and consumers.
  • We develop and manage residential and commercial real estate to support community development.
  • We provide responsible financial services through our network of credit unions.
  • We strengthen under-served communities by financing nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, affordable housing and more.
  • We work to end abusive and predatory financial practices.


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The Self-Help family includes Self-Help Ventures Fund, the Center for Responsible Lending, Self-Help Credit Union and Self-Help Federal Credit Union. Since our founding in 1980, the various Self-Help organizations have provided more than $7 billion in loans. Learn more about our history here.