Congratulations to the 2019 Native CDFI Award Recipients

Four directions Development Corporation

Four Directions Development Corporation

2019 Native CDFI Catalyst Award Recipient

Four Directions Development Corporation (FDDC) received a $100,000 grant to help scale its new Community Development program.



Lummi CDFI

2019 Native Seed Capital Award Recipient

Lummi CDFI in Bellingham, Washington is culturally rooted in the indigenous values and principles of the first peoples of the Pacific Northwest. By providing access to education, financing, and asset growth, the Native CDFI offers a trusted, safe place for Native individuals considering entrepreneurship, building a business and/or strengthening credit.

Since its founding in 2006, the CDFI has seen a growing need for technical assistance as its client base expands and entrepreneurs request help with accounting, record keeping, marketing, and more. Lummi received the Seed Capital Award to help develop a new peer-to-peer technical assistance program, which will help build the capacity and skills-set of Native-owned businesses. Learn more about Lummi CDFI.

Native CDFI Borrower Stories


Calvin Francis, Homeowner, Indian Island, Maine

Artist Calvin Francis, a member of the Penobscot Nation, is a longtime Four Directions client. When revered Penobscot elder Charles Shay, a WWII hero, moved to France, Charles asked Calvin to purchase and steward his home and preserve its history. Honored to be chosen, Calvin turned to Four Directions for help financing the purchase.

Awendela Dana

Awendela Dana, Homeowner, Indian Island, Maine

After graduating from the University of Maine, Awendela Dana was eager to buy a home in her Penobscot community on the Indian Island Reservation but wasn’t aware of any loan programs for buying on-reservation. Then she met Four Directions. In 2004, she received a Four Directions loan to purchase her single-family home. Since then, she has refinanced the mortgage and financed a roof repair with the CDFI’s help.

George & Cycy Guerrero, Owners, Our Place Café, Ferndale, Washington

George & Cycy Guerrero, Owners, Our Place Café, Ferndale, Washington

Owning a café was George and Cycy Guerrero’s dream. Lummi CDFI supported the couple from the earliest stages of starting a food truck and brick-and-mortar business, providing them with technical assistance and a loan.

Bruce Pierre, Artist, Lummi, Washington

Bruce Pierre, Artist, Lummi, Washington

Lummi CDFI helped Lummi-artist Bruce Pierre, a longtime client, open Salish Peoples Arts, a tribal business that sells Bruce’s personal designs. Over more than 10 years, the CDFI has offered him loans, coaching, and education and enabled Bruce to build his credit.