Since inception in 1994, Accion has made nearly 4,900 loans totaling $40 million in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Accion creates economic development at a level that other financial institutions cannot. By providing loans up to $100,000 to qualified borrowers, we fill a gap in the credit market that large financial institutions don’t serve. Without Accion, many of the region’s budding entrepreneurs and promising start-ups would be stranded without access to credit, and the communities around them would not reap the benefit of jobs and capital they produce.

Our clients are neighborhood businesses — like bakeries, dry cleaners, coffee shops, and transportation services — that form the backbone of every community. Our small loans help leverage big gains, generating local jobs and attracting more economic activity.

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