ABOUT US - history, mission, and values
History, Mission, & Values | Icahya Woecun | Staff | Board | US Treasury Certified CDFI | Employment
The mission of Four Bands Community Fund is to create economic opportunity by helping people build strong and sustainable small businesses and increase their financial capability to create assets and wealth.
Four Bands uses an asset-based approach and provides training and loan funds to enable people to create their own futures. Four Bands is the leading organization on the Reservation in the areas of small business lending, incubation, and entrepreneurship education. We are also one of the leading organizations among our peer CDFI organizations that were founded to serve Native American communities.
If you take the perspective of a glass half empty, the Reservation is composed of a group of very rural towns located large distances from each other and face some of the highest unemployment and poverty rates in the country.
If you take an "asset-based" approached--a glass half full, our Reservation is composed of communities of people with a rich and unique culture, art, leadership, and history of interest to others from around the world. We are people who have survived because of our strong values and our strong commitment to self-determination and self-sufficiency.