Akiptan (AH-KEEP-TAHN) is the Lakota word for together, in a joint effort, cooperatively.
Akiptan's mission is to transform Native agriculture and food economies by delivering creative capital, leading paradigm changes, and enhancing producer prosperity across Indian Country.
Financial gaps have been filled and systems have been altered to ensure a future in which Native producers have equitable and innovative access to capital and resources to support their success in an Indigenized agriculture and food economy.
Akiptan is a Native American Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides loans and technical assistance to those in Indian Agriculture. Akiptan offers a whole suite of services that include financing youth, start ups, operating costs and ownership. Our CDFI takes it a step further and works with the client to assist with technical support as well as provide financial literacy training to help create a knowledgeable borrower.
YOUTH LOAN & INVESTMENT
Native Youth are able to get a Loan or Investment through Akiptan that allows for the younger generations to start to grow their Agriculture Operation.
LOAN VS INVESTMENT
Akiptan, being a Native CDFI, has the unique ability to develop loan programs that can truly benefit Natives in Agriculture.
Akiptan is able to provide a typical loan where a certain amount of money is borrowed and repaid back over several years. But, Akiptan is also able to provide a loan that allows for upfront capacity growth by “Investing” in your operation with an Interest Only payment option for several years before repaying the principal.