The Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF) is a non-profit community development financial institution established in 1983. LEAF provides low cost financing to cooperatives and community-owned businesses nationwide. LEAF tailors its financing to the specific needs of cooperatives and provides financing for working capital needs, purchase of fixed assets, business expansion, and development of new business lines. The ICA Group (www.ica-group.org), LEAF's sister organization, provides technical assistance in the planning, development, and management of cooperatives and other social purpose ventures.
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