Building Strong Communities Through Micro-Lending

The JumpStart Fund Mission

The JumpStart Fund, a non-profit microenterprise development program, was formed by the Refugee Resettlement Office in 2003 with funding from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (for more information about RRO click here). Since then, JumpStart has provided over $550,000 in micro-loans to Puget Sound area refugees and asylees. We've given loans and business technical assistance to more than 200 refugee entrepreneurs from Somalia, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ukraine, Russia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Trinidad, Azerbaijan, Iran and Nepal. We're fulfilling our mission: To help refugees and asylees achieve self-sufficiency through business ownership so that they can contribute to the economic development of their communities. We've assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs in starting, strengthening or expanding these types of viable enterprises in the Puget Sound area: 

  • Towncar/ Limo Service
  • Commercial Driving School
  • Hair Salon
  • Coffee Shop
  • Retail Clothing Store
  • Construction Company
  • Child Care
  • Security Company
  • Sign Company
  • Medical Staffing Agency
  • Adult Home Care

and many more!

To learn more about the JumpStart Fund program and to see who qualifies for assistance, click here.



Seattle and King county continue to attract more and more refugees and immigrants every year. Our micro-loans allow these talented newcomers to make a positive transition into life in the United States. By helping these entrepreneurs achieve self-sufficiency, JumpStart Fund positively affects the economy of the entire Puget Sound region.


Are you looking for a way to finance your business? 
Do you need money to purchase inventory?
Are you a newcomer with no credit history?
Don't worry! We've got a loan for you!
Stop by our office and apply for a loan today!

Call us today to set up a meeting:
(206) 323-3152 Ext 101

or email us at:


RRO in Numbers:


in Loans Disbursed
Average Loan

Loans Disbursed

as of September 2013

Want to help our entrepreneurs start their own business? Donate now! Your donation will continue to be loaned out and repaid, helping many refugees become self-sufficient.


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