Access To Affordable Financing Options


Small loans tailored to meet the practical needs of new Americans and others who may have thin credit.

50 %
Repayment Rate
U.S. Locations

In the U.S., climbing the economic ladder is much harder without access to affordable financing. Yet too many families are limited to high-interest, predatory loans that further squeeze already-tight budgets.

Recent News

April was Financial Capability Month, and we at CEO can only do the work we do because of the support
March 3, 2021 - Highlights from our Credit Outcomes Report with IRC, highlighting the success of our integrated financial capability
Feb. 26, 2021 - The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation and World Education Services Mariam Assefa Fund collaborated

Your donation will support our efforts to offer safe, supportive, and accessible small-dollar loans to refugees, immigrants, and other credit-thin households.


For newcomers to the U.S., linguistic or cultural barriers often serve to further exclude families from the financial mainstream.

The International Rescue Committee’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) is a unique non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Loan Fund that specializes in making flexible, affordable consumer and microenterprise loans to borrowers with little access to traditional financing. Our loans are made from within trusted local community organizations and are offered in tandem with related trainings and services. We help borrowers build assets, capitalize on opportunities, and transition into the financial mainstream.