Community Asset Fund for Entrepreneurs

Equipping Latinos and other DC-area residents with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities.


Community Asset Fund for Entrepreneurs

Community Asset Fund for Entrepreneurs

Capable entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds are often excluded from accessing business loans through the formal financial sector. Small business owners need a community lender that can help them access capital and create jobs.

The Community Asset Fund for Entrepreneurs (CAFE), the new face of LEDC's Lending Program, equips entrepreneurs in the Washington region with the capital to improve their lives and strengthen the small business community. 

CAFE provides business loans between $5,000 and $50,000 to qualified start-ups and existing businesses that have difficulty obtaining credit from mainstream financial institutions. These loans have supported a broad range of small business owners, including restaurants and boutique shops to cleaning and catering companies.

Since 1997, the Lending program has provided more than $6 million of capital to support entrepreneurs in the Washington region.

Does your small business in the District, Maryland, or Virginia need a business loan? Do you want to apply for a Kiva loan through the Kiva City DC project? Click on the sidebar items to apply and learn more.

Success Story

  • Bernardo Figueroa +

    Bernardo Figueroa's dream of owning his own small business came true in 2011 when a $10,000 business loan from LEDC Read More
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