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RSF Social Finance backs loans for Native-owned agriculture businesses

ImpactAlpha, September 9 – Akiptan, a community development financial institution in South Dakota, launched last year to support Native-owned agriculture businesses that are shut out of most traditional commercial lending. The Native-owned CDFI, has originated nearly $3 million in loans in 13 tribal nations. RSF Social Finance is providing Akiptan with a seven-year, $250,000 loan

Oakland Black Business Fund launches with COVID relief funding

ImpactAlpha, September 2 – Oakland Black Business Fund, a new nonprofit investment fund, aims to help Black-owned businesses weather and recover from the COVID economic storm. Its broader vision is to seed economic opportunity and wealth creation for Oakland’s Black residents through business advice, grants, investment and real estate. OBBF has raised $150,000 to start

Affordable housing startup PadSplit closes $10 million

ImpactAlpha, August 24 – Atlanta-based PadSplit manages single-family homes, renting out individual rooms to make housing affordable for low-income families. The company, which launched in 2017, manages more than 1,000 units in Atlanta for tenants earning less than $35,000 a year. A $10 million Series A financing round will help it expand to Houston and

Can real estate financing + small-business lending = equitable community growth?

ImpactAlpha, Aug. 19, 2020 –– Arlington, Va.-based Capital Impact Partners, a community-development real estate lender, and CDC Small Business Finance in San Diego are teaming up to boost community financing in Los Angeles, Detroit, and the Washington, D.C. area. The three-city pilot is backed by $6 million in grants from JPMorgan Chase and the Heron