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Mission Asset Fund (MAF)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Economic Development, Urban & Community Economic Development

Mission: MAF helps financially excluded communities – particularly low-income and immigrant families – become visible, active, and successful participants in the U.S. financial mainstream

Results: Social loans provide the boost people need to transform dreams into reality. With Lending Circles, low-income individuals are building credit, starting successful businesses, getting out of high-cost debt, buying homes, saving for college and working to increase their assets and financial capability. With 100% repayment rate and a 0% default rate, Lending Circles has a big impact on entire communities.

Programs: Social Loans Lending Circles Lending Circles for Dreamers Lending Circles for Citizenship Microloans Resources Match

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracias a MAF, he podido construir mi credito. Ellos me han explicado paso a paso como hacerlo, ademas, me han ayudado y guiado en otras oportunidades cuando he tenido alguna inquietud o problema que resolver en cuestiones de inmigracion.
MAF es una excelente organizacion sin fines de lucro que brinda ayuda desinterizadamente a todos los que requerimos de sus servicio.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Soy Milagros Ramirez, pertenezco a Mission Asset Fund desde hace unos 5 años mas o menos. Esta organizacion me ha ayudado y orientado a construir mi credito, ademas me ha motivado a poder ahorrar con el programa de cestas o tandas. Las clases de finanzas son excelentes, ya que me han enseñado temas de impuestos, la compra de un vehiculo o casa, los tipos de intereses que hay y cual me conviene y sobre todo que es lo que afecta mi score de credito cuando no pago a tiempo o como evitarlo.
El personal que labora en MAF es de primera, siempre con una sonrisa y muy dispuestos a brindar ayuda en cualquier momento.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Esta organización me ayudo a ahorrar y mejorar el crédito.

Client Served

Rating: 5

es una experiencia bonita y interesante que nos ayuda a la comunidad económicamente. Participar con MAF es una ayuda y es algo que me ha motivado a seguir.
El servicio al cliente es muy buena, el personal es muy amable y me han atendido muy bien, son muy dedicados y pacientes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit was excellent and great. I recommend this to all my friends and all the other people. I think it was amazing. Thank You MAF!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Have been with MAF for over 5 years. MAF is such an amazing organization, in helping me reach my financial goals and helping me learn about my credit and ways I can get my credit in good standing. Staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for the work that you do!! With this great credit score i was able to secure a great interest rate and also built my outstanding credit score.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Shweta Kohli. Being an immigrant myself, understanding the value of credit and money was really important to me.
Today i can say MAF has made it possible for me to achieve my dreams and help get to the next level where i can be part of the main stream America, yet still be part of the small community of immigrants who had no credit, low income and today, being featured in the NY times, where MAF has made 1 of my my many dreams come true.

Thank you MAF I love you all.

Shweta

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mission Asset Fund has helped me raise my credit a lot. I did many things that made my credit score really low, after just one lending circle i saw a huge difference. At first i did not think it was going to make a difference, so i primarly did it to save money but then i realized that i did help and was pumped to do more lending circles. You prety much kill one bird with two stones, saving money and raising your credit at the same time. I always tell people about this program because i think its great! Good job mission asset fund in bringing such a great program to our community.!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Muchas Organizaciones no lucrativas, tienen la mision de ayudar a los miembros de su comunidad, lo que le da valor a un servicio es el beneficio alcanzado por los usuarios. MAF cumplio mis expectativas y lo sigue haciendo, iniciando con el GRAN SERVICIO AL CLIENTE que poseen y la facilidad para ofrecer opciones que ayuden a sobrellevar los retos que representan ahora vivir en una sociedad como la nuestra. Doris y Karla son las personas que han estado aclarando mis dudas y ofreciendome opciones e informacion para seguir adelante.
GRACIAS MAF MUCHAS GRACIAS POR TODO.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mission Asset Fund is a great organization that has helped me save money. Participating in the lending circle program has helped my credit score and the people at MAF are great.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MAF is such an amazing organization helping me reach my financial goals and helping me learn about my credit and ways I can get my credit in good standing. Staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for the work that you do!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Agradesco todos los medios que han sido posibles para crear esta organizacion de MAF porque me han abierto muchas puertas por medio de las Tandas que ha sido un medio de inversion para crecer mi negocio y a la vez para mejorar mi credito. Agradeciendo al personal de MAF por la paciencia por las herramientas que he recibido de parte de ellos para mis finanzas y para un amplio aprendizage personal.
esperando seguir activa con MAF,para que en un futuro tener abiertas las puertas para cuando mi hija cresca y ella tambien poder beneficiarse de los servicios y recursos brindados por la organizacion.

1 Jaime A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The services at Mission Asset Fund have been of great help to me and my financial reality. By participating in their Leading Circle program, I not only saved money, but I also gained important financial education through the free educational classes. These classes changed the way I related to money in general. Mission Asset Fund also helped me improve my credit score that had been a dark cloud hanging over my life. Recently I was able to compete for the first time in years with other renters in the San Francisco housing market, because I had the confidence of knowing I would not be turned down because of my bad credit. I could not recommend Mission Asset Fund enough to the community. They have given me the boost I needed to become more financially stable and increase my savings. The staff are all personable, knowledgeable and experienced with a heart of gold.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Im really happy to be in this organization because a learned how to save money im her like 5 years or more, also this organization helped my son with his studies when which was so good. This experience is amazing. People are very kind always are helping giving diferents ortientation. I advice people to ge it to this orgnization in order to know how to save money for many kind of purpose. Im very grateful to have them in my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

este es un buen programa muy importante para nosotros que tenemos dificultad con las finanzas , aqui nos ayudan a trabajar en nuestro credito y la responsabilidad que debemos de tener con controlar nuestros gastos por medio de las clases de finanzas que ellos ofrecen.
El programa de las Cestas es el punto importante es de salir de apuros, o tomar vacaciones,o una emergencia. Cuando se recibe la distribucion ese dinero se puede usar libremente para la necesidad de cada quien.
Doy el consejo de la comunidad, traten de obtener algo que les sirve de mucho como este programa que les puede ayudar en mucho.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Estoy agradecida con MAF porque ya tengo seis anos de conocerlos he estado atendiendo a muchos eventos y he participado en las tandas que la experiencia ha sido buena.
Tambien ellos me dan la oportunidad de proveer mi comida para diferentes eventos que ellos han tenido y esto me ayuda con mi negocio porque diferentes personas han probado mi comida y de eso he sacado mas eventos.
Les doy la gracias por ordernar mi comida y se que cuento con el apoyo de ellos de diferentes maneras.

Client Served

Rating: 5

La experiencia com Mission Asset Fund ha sido incleible porque me han ayudado en mi negocio .
Tener un negocio propio es una experiencia dificil pero MAF con el apoyo que me han dado han hecho que sea mas facil para mi. Me siento contenta que haygan organozaciones con las cuales la comunidad puede contar con ellas.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Iris Clavel and the people here at Mission Asset Fund are very nice, understanding, patient, and kind. . :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mi nombre Constanza, tengo una pequena empresa de comida desde hace mas o menos 4 anos he venido recibiendo el soporte de MAF, en diferentes aspectos a traves de los talleres empesariales, desde financieros, de leyes, hasta clases de contabilidad, a traves de ellos he obtenido diferentes prestamos que me han ayudado a construir mi empresa y mi futuro, MAF, es una organizacion que se encarga de ayudar a la cominudad y se destaca por ser una de las mejores.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a member I am thrilled to be part of this organization where I can meet new people and work on my credit for free

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have partnered with MAF for several years now. MAF does really amazing work in the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at MAF, I have come to see the passion and life the work MAF is doing has injected into the community. They have taken a simple idea and transformed it to make a huge impact. I feel so lucky to be a part of this incredible organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As part of a lending circle, I have learned so much about how to build my credit and plan my finances - in a safe space!. Their staff are professional, kind, and committed to helping our communities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit partner to MAF, I have nothing but great things to say about their programs and staff. Their Lending Circle program is a safe effective tool for vulnerable populations to establish, build and repair their credit and take monumental step toward financial stability. Their staff is always available to work directly with me when issues arise to ensure we're delivering quality financial services to our clients.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am part of a lending circle at Mission Asset Fund and have been impressed by their professionalism and their organization. They do great work providing financial literacy classes and asset building tools to low-income, immigrant communities. I enjoy going to their financial classes because I learn more about managing my finances and building my credit. They have very knowledgeable and friendly staff that try to answer all your questions and give relevant resources. Overall, I would recommend their programs to anyone that wants to improve their financial skills, save for a big goal or improve their credit score.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can definitely say that Mission Asset Fund plays a huge role in my professional and private life. Mission Asset Fund has not only helped me financially but has also helped me with personal projects. Mission Asset Fund is another huge resource for my success and I can't think of any other non-profit that is so deeply involved with helping the immigrant youth population reach their goals.

Bryan D R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Asset Fund is an excellent community orgnization committed to support the Dreamers. My personal experience when seeking legal aid through MAF was rather confidential and MAF's members made me feel like home at the same time. I attended several of the workshops that MAF organized at their offices in which topics regarding immigration, the benefits that one could acquire through "Deferred Action" and the possible federal laws to come, that could benefit the undocumented, were exposed. I loved being part of MAF as a volunteer when they celebrated their 5th anniversary. MAF re-instilled within me that sense of belongingness the system snatches away from immigrants when we face the reality of having to adapt to a culturally different society.

Erika17

Client Served

Rating: 5

El Fondo Popular/ Mission Asset Fund: Me ayudo a obtener un credito por medio de las cesta popular, Esto me ayudo a incrementar mi credito y a poder ahorrar. Mi experiencia ha sido muy buena.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mission Asset Fund is a highly innovative and dynamic organization, backed by thoughtful and insightful leaders and an extremely dedicated staff. MAF truly stands above the rest in a number of ways, including adopting a fearless approach to testing new models and ensuring that they actually help people. As a result, MAF excels at delivering social lending services and partnering with other organizations to make the most of its resources. Through their programs, people are achieving real results that improve their lives, such as increasing credit scores, achieving citizenship, or starting a small business. MAF is also extremely strong in the area of demonstrating its results through evaluation and research.

1 Fremont Family Resource Center

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mission Asset Fund’s creative Peer Lending Circles program can help someone establish credit or increase their credit score so they can get qualify for an apartment, job, credit card or a better loan which means this program can be life-changing. For over a year, MAF has helped the Fremont Family Resource Center offer the lending circle program to our clients and we are seeing tangible results already for some of our clients. Not only is this a great financial tool, MAF’s support to our organization is top-notch. They want to have a profound impact on low-income and underserved populations and they are.

Edgar C

Client Served

Rating: 5

Applying for Deferred Action was made much less burdensome with the assistance offered by Mission Asset Fund. I was glad to hear that there was an organization offering loans for people that didn't have the $465 fee required to apply. With the help from a great staff, I learned the details and benefits of the program. I received my loan and have submitted my application, now I patiently await. Thank you Mission Asset Fund!

Marco C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mission Asset Fund is leading the nation in innovative ways to formalize lending acitivities that already take place in many communities, particularly immigrant communities, and helping them succeed in the financial mainstream. The combination of a great vision, leadership and tech saaviness is helping their work reach scale and help many in need. We're luck to have them in San Francisco.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mission Asset Fund is one of my favorite nonprofits. They are doing incredible work and having a tremendous impact, not only in the direct communities they serve, but also in communities around the country who are adopting their Lending Circles program. I've met people who have started small businesses through Mission Asset Fund's programs and it has been heartening to see their success. The fact that 100% of the people participating in Lending Circles repay their loans is a testament to the trust and expertise that Mission Asset Fund evokes. They are also a lean organization and I trust that my donations are very well spent.

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in the Mission, so I've had the opportunity to see firsthand the way Mission Asset Fund helps local entrepreneurs get businesses started. It's great for the clients, and it's great for the neighborhood to have thriving enterprise that's isn't just more gentrification. They also do a great job of implementing new ideas quickly -- I was excited to see that Lending Circles for Dreamers was up and running just a few days after Obama's program was announced, and I was happy to donate.

Donor

Rating: 5

Mission Asset Fund is one of the most impactful organizations in California. Through its innovative peer lending program "Cestas" MAF has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of low-income, primarily immigrant individuals by helping them to build a credit history which is critical to becoming part of the financial mainstream. Thanks to MAF thousands of individuals will no longer need predatory financial products to survive but will be able to gain a better financial foothold.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mission Asset Fund has given the opportunity to establish a credit history, and improve their credit scores through methods which build on existing practices in the community. The wonderful staff respond very promptly to address any concerns; we are glad that Mission Asset Fund has expanded to reach our area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had the opportunity to work with Mission Asset Fund. The organization has incredible research capabilities to identify new found opportunities to serve people of the community. There is also the unspoken culture of constantly evaluating their own programs to offer better services to not only clients in the Mission district, but also partnerships across the US. The staff truly care and are passionate about the cause!

Renzo L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mission Asset Fund does a great job providing financial education for a community that is in dire need of it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mission Asset Fund organization has helped me regain a better credit score and has taught me to be accountable for my credit history. The trust this organization offers is humbling given the history of my past financial decisions. I am grateful for their service and genuine interest of my financial success. Thank you MAF!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a client of Mission Asset Fund, I am thankful for this amazing organization for helping people restore their credit. I recently filed bankruptcy, almost lost my home, lost all my available credit, but by joining a "cesta' with some of my family members, my credit score is significantly improving! Not only is this helping me, but it is also helping my family members restore their credit. Thank you MAF for the amazing opportunity to help me gain back what I had lost!