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Self-Help Credit Union

Environmental Loans

Caring for the Environment is in Our Nature

Our environmental work is integrally linked to our concern for people who have been left out of the financial mainstream. Low-income people are more likely to live in the least energy-efficient homes, attend schools with the worst indoor air quality, and live in areas that are subject to pollution and poor water quality.

Self-Help counters this dynamic by embracing the Triple Bottom Line model, which promotes:

  1. Equity by delivering positive impact that benefits low-income people and communities;
  2. Economic development by providing loans that help entrepreneurs start and expand businesses and provide better jobs; and
  3. Environmental returns by providing loans for a broad variety of purposes, including energy efficiency, healthier buildings, clean energy, sustainable food production, ecotourism and preservation of natural areas.

Our goal is to make sustainability part of what we do every day, and it's one we take seriously. Self-Help uses a mission lens to evaluate the social impact of all the loans we consider. We rarely are approached by borrowers in the fossil fuel extraction and production business, nor do we work in government financing sectors that would have us consider infrastructure such as pipelines or even roads. We invest in communities and sustainable energy projects.

Read more in Green Money Journal, our story of going greener with commitment, moxie and alliances with innovative partners.


  • Flexible terms
  • Competitive interest rates
  • Expertise in complex transactions
  • Professional service, personal attention
Environmental Loans
Visualizing Our Impact

Learn about Self-Help's Green Impact through these infographics. Click each image to see the full infographic.

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For more information, contact: 

Jeremy Hofer at or Veronica Saldana at