Our History

LEND was founded in June 2009 by current Board members Adam Whittington and Ravi Umarji. With initial support from Northwestern, the Associated Student Government, entrepreneurship competitions and several faculty members, LEND soon began offering workshops and loans. To date, LEND has provided over $48,000 in loans to 10 businesses and provided business training to 15 additional companies.

With a 100% repayment rate, our microlending operations are growing rapidly, helping more Evanston entrepreneurs establish and expand their businesses. Our business training program is empowering our neighbors to improve their businesses and enrich their communities.