|Description of Agency||Offer financial programs that support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. They promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks , credit unions and community-managed lending pools. They offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. They provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs.
They administer $20 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants in an effort to help rural individuals, communities and businesses obtain the financial and technical assistance needed to address their diverse and unique needs.