Prestamos CDFI, LLC (“Prestamos”), is a Community Development Financial Institution(“CDFI”) and a Community Development Entity(“CDE”) that provides high-quality financial products and services for small businesses and impactful economic development projects. Prestamos through its parent corporation, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., has administered a variety of lending programs since 1980. In light of the success of its loan programs and the continued need and demand for these services, CPLC created Prestamos CDFI, LLC in 2000. Prestamos successfully promotes economic and community development in order to create jobs, revitalize communities and facilitate community wealth building.

What is a Community Development Financial Institution

CDFI Certification and CRA: Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are private-sector, financial intermediaries with community development as their primary mission. CDFIs supply the tools enabling economically disadvantaged individuals and underserved communities to become self-sufficient stakeholders in their own future. These tools include providing financial services, loans, and investments; offering training and technical assistance services; and promoting development efforts that enable individuals and communities to effectively use credit and capital.

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations explicitly recognize loans and investments in CDFIs as a qualified CRA activity.


Focus on small businesses that are outside of typical banking lending parameters and markets make credit available to owners of small businesses in low‐ and moderate‐income neighborhoods with a focus on Latino, women and minority owned business​.


We drive economic development by access to capital and technical assistance.

Prestamos office

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of the Treasury policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to Department of the Treasury, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20220 or call (202) 622-1160.