In 2021, ReMix Ideas in partnership with FORGE Community Loan Fund (a CDFI) launched the Imani Fund, an innovative loan product which is rooted in equity.  The Imani Fund uses an uncommon underwriting process that assesses an individual’s character and community engagement rather than collateral to be considered for a loan. Another unique feature is that an individual’s potential to execute a viable business model in the future outweighs past relationship with personal debt.

The Imani Fund provides under-resourced entrepreneurs in Arkansas with microloans between

$5,000 and $25,000 as well as free technical assistance. The goal is to minimize the systemic

barriers to accessing capital that under-resourced entrepreneurs often face.