September 2008  Issue No. 26                    REAP HOME PAGE         A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs

Rural Enterprise Reporter

Lending Update:
Over $440,000 in Approved Loans Proves Success of REAP Lending

REAP loan programming was exceptional the past year. We placed 46 loans totaling $444,591 in fiscal year 2008. Of this total, one $2,000 loan was placed through the Quick Grow loan program, 24 loans totaling $99,841 were placed with the REAP Rapid Loan product, and 21 loans totaling $342,750 were placed through the REAP Direct lending program.

Our business planning services often result in substantial leveraged lending. For example, a REAP client will complete a business plan in consultation with an area REAP business specialist, and will then be able to secure a loan from a traditional lender, development district, community action agency, or a local loan fund.

REAP staff have also helped “package” loans with other lenders in addition to our own loan fund. We leveraged over $673,000 in the past year due to REAP assistance. Historically, our “leveraged” loans total $9,491,405.

In 1998 we created the REAP Direct Loan Program to service REAP members whose financial needs had outgrown our Peer loan program. It became a permanent part of REAP in 2000.

The Quick Grow Loan program began in 2002 as a collaborative effort between REAP and GROW Nebraska. It was developed exclusively for use by GROW Nebraska clients. The Quick Grow Loan has a $5,000 maximum limit, can be used for startup and existing businesses, and has an easy borrower application process and a quick turn around.

In 2005 we introduced the REAP Online Lending System. It includes a user friendly web-based micro loan application. The REAP Rapid Loan was introduced at the same time. The Rapid Loan is a micro loan with a $5,000 maximum limit and an online application. The application also serves as a pre-application for a REAP Direct Loan above $10,000 and up to $35,000.

It has always been REAP’s goal to meet the debt financing needs of startup and existing micro entrepreneurs in rural Nebraska – individually or by collaborating with partners. The REAP Lending Program is meeting this need most effectively.

We look forward to adding additional lending products to our mix in the future.

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