Did you know?
Self-Help provided more than $140 million in financing to families, businesses and nonprofits last year. Learn more in our 2012 Annual Report.
Since our founding in 1980, Self-Help has invested over $6.38 billion in financing to families, individuals, and organizations.
Self-Help promotes environmental sustainability in our own operations and in our lending — including loans to businesses that count conservation as a core company value and day-to-day objective.
We've been proactive about financing green businesses, nonprofits and community initiatives for the past 25 years. We do it to improve home, school and work environments, to help families and businesses reduce energy usage and save money, and to be a good steward of our shared planet.
We offer flexible terms and competitive rates, alongside expertise in energy lending and complex transactions.
- Flexible terms
- Competitive interest rates
- Expertise in complex transactions
- Professional service, personal attention
See how going green (PDF) can help you hang on to your profits!
For more information on our environmental loans, please contact GreenLoans@Self-Help.org.
- Green Lending
The Energy Loan Fund: Energy efficient renovations, building-mounted renewable energy, and energy-efficient investments for commercial building owners, non-profits, charter schools, and small businesses in target cities, including Charlotte NC and Washington DC.
Renewable Energy: Utility scale developments and commercial roof top installations. Click here for a summary of terms for New Markets Tax Credit loans to renewable energy projects.
Recycling and reuse: Lending to manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers since 1988.
Green Commerce: Retail, ecotourism, conservation.
Urban Investment: Historic renovation, neighborhood reinvestment, transit, pedestrian design, "smart growth" planning.
- Facts & Resources
Over the years, we've financed a wide range of green works that include renewable energy, recycling and reuse, sustainable agriculture, ecotourism, fuel efficiency, land conservation, green building, toxicity reduction and more.
- Number of green loans: 133
- Number of green dollars lent: $87.6 million
- Number of green dollars lent in 2011: $12.5 million
A Self-Help loan could help you improve the energy efficiency of your business, nonprofit or housing development. Check out our issue papers to learn more about the returns from investing in energy efficiency:
- Success Stories
In our green lending, we focus on the triple bottom line - ventures that produce high financial, social and environmental returns.
See the success stories below to learn more about a few of our green borrowers!