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First Nations Oweesta Corporation was created by First Nations Development Institute to address the lack of capital and financial infrastructure in Native American communities. First Nations Oweesta Corporation’s priority is to provide investment capital into Native CDFIs and communities they serve. First Nations Oweesta Corporation is a national organization that works with Indigenous peoples living in some of the most rural locations in the United States, including American Indian reservations, traditional Native lands, Hawaiian homelands, and in Alaska Native villages. First Nations Oweesta Corporation has worked with hundreds of Native communities and organizations, from Alaska to Louisiana and Maine to Hawaii. The 59 Native CDFIs and more than 60 emerging Native CDFIs with whom First Nations Oweesta Corporation works, span 34 states. First Nations Oweesta Corporation is the only existing Native CDFI intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities. The organization offers loan products to Native CDFIs that meet our underwriting criteria, and this investment in Native communities has leveraged amazing results.

Oweesta is aware that acquisition of capital for operating and/or lending stands as a barrier to the success of many emerging Native CDFIs. Therefore, Oweesta affords NCDFIs the opportunity to go one-step further by offering qualified institutional applicants with loan/investment capital, which is then reinvested in the communities by the Native CDFI in the form of housing, consumer or small business loans, or leveraged to attract additional capital.

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Oweesta relies on its own outside investors to achieve this goal. A benefit to investing in Oweesta as opposed to directly at the grassroots level is that we are able to offer training and technical assistance to our clients, thus overcoming any barriers to repayment that may arise. We receive investments from a number of Socially Responsible Investors (SRI) including religious charities, foundations, individuals, corporations and other business entities. For more information on investing in Oweesta please review our Investment Prospectus and Annual Report. To make an investment in Oweesta or if you have any questions, please contact Chrystel Cornelius, Executive Director, at chrystel@oweesta.org.

Our Current Investors

Bank of America Basilian Fathers of Toronto CDFI Fund Mercy Investment Services, Inc Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia Adrian Dominican Sisters Charles Schwab Tamalpais Trust

$4,346,480

Current Investment Portfolio

28

Current Investors

$6,500,000

Current Industry Demand
(Inquiries + Portfolio)

CONTACT US

First Nations Oweesta Corporation
2432 Main Street
Longmont, CO 80501
303.774.8838
info@oweesta.org

Oweesta is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

ABOUT OWEESTA

Oweesta is the only existing Native CDFI intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities. Specifically, Oweesta provides training, technical assistance, investments, research, and policy advocacy to help Native communities develop an integrated range of asset-building products and services, including financial education and financial products.

Asset-building tools stimulate reservation economies by providing tribal members the opportunity to acquire financial management skills and build and accumulate assets through small business creation, homeownership, education, and much more.

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