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Anthony Westbury: Grassroots financing helping those who need it the most

Anthony Westbury
4:00 AM, Jul 25, 2014
anthony westbury | st lucie county

What do 117 strangers in 11 countries on five continents, and 29 states in this country, have in common?

In the space of less than a week, they banded together to lend two Treasure Coast women they’ve never met enough money to buy $12,000 worth of new air conditioning equipment.

Michael Goforth: Global crowd funding for energy loans comes to Treasure Coast

An international nonprofit created to help alleviate poverty by way of the Internet and the phenomenon of crowd funding soon will be helping struggling families on the Treasure Coast.

The Solar and Energy Loan Fund, which was founded in St. Lucie County in 2010 to help residents reduce their home energy costs, has recently become a partner with Kiva, which was created in 2005 in the San Francisco area by young, socially conscious entrepreneurs with initial links to Stanford University.


St. Lucie County, FL, May 14, 2014 –

The non-profit Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) received confirmation today from the Adrian Dominican Sisters (ADS) that they have been approved for another loan for $165,000. SELF was originally approved for a $35,000 loan last year and, after successfully deploying these initial resources with zero delinquency or defaults, ADS has now increased the overall size of the loan to $200,000.


St. Lucie County, FL, May 13, 2014 – The Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) is honored to receive an invitation from the White House Business Council to participate in the Sustainability Roundtable scheduled for May 15th, in Orlando. The event is being held with Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is co-sponsored by Voces Verdes and Business Forward.

SELF and Florida Green Energy Works to Sponsor Energy Workshop

Indian River County, FL – The non-profit SELF organization is co-hosting an energy workshop with Florida Green Energy Works at 10 A.M. on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The event will be held at the North Indian River County Library, located at 1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian, FL.
The energy workshop will provide property owners and contractors with more information about new energy retrofit programs available for both the residential and commercial sectors in the Cities of Fellsmere and Sebastian.

SELF and Seacoast National Bank Co-Host Credit Re-building Workshop

St. Lucie County, FL – The non-profit SELF organization is co-hosting a credit re-building workshop with Seacoast National Bank at 6 P.M. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The event will be held at SELF’s headquarters, located at 2400 Rhode Island Ave, Ft. Pierce, FL.
Financial experts from Seacoast National Bank and SELF are providing the workshop to help local residents complete a financial check-up and improve credit scores, credit ratings, and overall money management.


St. Lucie County, FL, May 9, 2014 - The Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) received more exciting news this week. After a lengthy review process, the non-profit community lending institution was officially approved as an experimental partner with KIVA - an international non-profit with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. KIVA is known internationally as the trailblazer of peer-to-peer lending via the worldwide web.