Amazon is committed to providing access to a diverse set of financing options to small and medium-sized businesses selling in Amazon’s store. One of the ways we are doing this is by working with partners who have a shared mission. The Amazon Community Lending pilot program is a partnership between Amazon and Lendistry, an established minority-led Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), which serves urban and rural small businesses in socially and economically distressed communities. The majority of the funds Lendistry disburses goes to traditionally low-to-moderate income and other historically disadvantaged business owners and the communities they serve, including but not limited to, African American and Hispanic-Latino populations.
In addition to financing, program participants will be able to leverage specific supplementary resources from Lendistry, which may include one-on-one consulting, webinars, and on-demand educational classes, curated and tailored to meet the unique needs of the businesses served by Lendistry.
All U.S.-based Selling Partners are invited to learn more and determine if financing options from Lendistry are the right fit for their business needs. Business owners who identify with communities that Lendistry aims to serve are encouraged to apply. This includes African American- and Hispanic-Latino-owned businesses, and individuals from CDFI-designated investment areas.1