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PeopleFund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Every dollar spent goes directly to providing financing and support to create jobs and build healthy small businesses.

Your donation helps us create jobs and opportunity for small businesses in your community.

Thank you so much for your support of grassroots economic development and job creation across Texas!

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BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE
ONE SMALL BUSINESS AT A TIME

IN OUR COMMUNITY

We’re already seeing the real-life returns of our work. Our clients have created 1,291 child care slots, helping parents get back to work, recycled 871,000 lbs. of paper and preserved 11,000 gallons of water...and we're just getting started!

SUCCESS
STORIES

Stacy was born with a genetic disability that kept her in a wheelchair for life. PeopleFund’s loan helped her create Community Cars, a company that manufactures low-speed electric cars that give wheelchair-bound people an affordable transportation option and greater independence.

Eva used a PeopleFund loan to build a new facility for Friendship of Women, the only domestic violence and sexual assault resource center in Cameron County. They provide resources, safety and hope for 8,000 women annually.

Stephanie and Steve used their PeopleFund loan to open a coffee shop in Austin, Texas, and created 20 new jobs.

We provided Richard with the funds necessary for his environmentally friendly startup GridBOT to put electric vehicle charging stations in Houston, Texas.

WHAT SETS US APART

WE’RE NOT A BANK. We are a nonprofit lender and certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). We have lent over $37,000,000 to more than 445 small businesses and nonprofits that have created 3,000 jobs across Texas and provided 44,000 hours of education and training. 

We lend to a wide range of businesses, from green technology startups to neighborhood cafes. We give each application personal consideration. We offer flexible loan terms to fit your needs. And we’ll be there after the loan to make sure you have the tools and knowledge to succeed and grow.

We value diversity and innovation. We know that healthy small businesses and nonprofits who uphold these values are the foundation for prosperous families and communities. That is why it is our mission to help your organization grow, create jobs and provide goods and services that build strong communities.

OUR MISSION

PeopleFund creates economic opportunity and financial stability for under-served people by providing access to capital, education and resources to build healthy small businesses.

WE RAISE MONEY FROM GRANTS,
DONATIONS AND INVESTMENTS

WE LEND THOSE DOLLARS TO SMALL
BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS

OUR BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM GIVES THEM
THE RESOURCES AND TRAINING TO DO GOOD WORK
AND HIRE GOOD PEOPLE

THOSE PEOPLE HAVE MORE MONEY TO BUY HOUSES,
PROVIDE FOR THEIR CHILDREN, SAVE FOR COLLEGE,
SHOP LOCALLY, AND INVEST IN THEIR COMMUNITY

WHEN THE LOAN IS PAID BACK, WE
RECYCLE THAT MONEY TO HELP MORE PEOPLE

TOGETHER, WE STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY

WHY IT WORKS

It’s more than a loan. We partner with our community to empower citizens. We make sure that every loan is structured to help our clients succeed and guide them with business assistance and education on their journey.

WHAT WE OFFER

We provide loans up to $350,000. We offer flexible loan terms and responsive customer service. We provide business education through workshops and one-on-one mentoring with volunteer experts. We bring everyone together at community events that spark innovation, forge partnerships and trigger change.

WHY IT MATTERS

Small businesses are the engines that power our economy. They create jobs, invest money in our community and break the cycle of poverty. More and more people are turning to  entrepreneurship. When small businesses win, we all win. But they need the capital and services that we provide to succeed

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

  • “If we wouldn’t have had a loan from PeopleFund, we wouldn’t have been able to open—so it’s really meant the world!”

    —Steve and Stephanie Williams, Owners of Bennu Coffee

  • “It is comforting to know that there is PeopleFund available for nonprofits in tough economic times.”

    —Don Lilljedahl,
    Director of the Mary Lee Foundation

  • “The loan that PeopleFund gave to Cielo was critical to buy equipment that enabled us to continue a business that today is growing and profitable. Nobody else believed in us, but PeopleFund did!”

    —Thomas Cogdell, Owner of Cielo Water