UMEZ supports projects that create new jobs for our community residents as well as those that would be under capitalized without our loan capital. Rather than competing with traditional lenders, we tend to augment (or “gap fund”) the level of private capital provided to create adquately funded projects.
UMEZ provides loans of $250,000 or more to businesses that will provide substantial job creation and growth.
BRISC provides loans to small businesses for $250,000 or less.
UMEZ partners with microlenders to help people who live in poverty build small businesses to create better lives for their families.