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Access to Loans

Mandela Partners' vetting process utilizes traditional financial auditing mechanisms, while uplifting character and community collateral. Additionally, Mandela Partners provides ongoing business advising to ensure that local entrepreneurs build a strong resource network to support them throughout the life of their business. 

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The Ladder Up Fund provides low-cost loans, coupled with technical assistance, to farmers, added-value producers, vendors, retailers, and distributors. If the borrower complies with all terms set forth in the loan agreement, any interest paid will be returned to the borrower.

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In collaboration with FarmLink, the Harvest to Market Fund provides 0% financing for under-resourced producers growing the fruits and vegetables our communities need the most. Unlike most capital products, farmers are able to pay back their loans, not in cash, but rather through what they grow: fruits & vegetables!

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Partner Loan Funds

As a Kiva Trustee, Mandela Partners has gained access to a vast network of online lenders, enabling us to endorse micro-loans for community entrepreneurs. 

Provides funding to food entrepreneurs in Hawaii and California – women, immigrants, and people of color – greater equity, opportunity, and seats at the table.

Community capital fund offering equitable access to finance for small businesses in the historically disinvested communities of the San Francisco East Bay.