About us

AI-power fueling generational wealth.

Helping overlooked entrepreneurs fund their dreams

2014

Foundation
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Foundation

— the first steps

Our company founders (twin brothers) witnessed their mother lose her chain of restaurants when they were just twelve-years old due to lack of capital and resources. From that day forward the commitment to underserved small businesses was born.

2015

Broker
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Broker

— back and forth

Started the company as an online credit marketplace, brokering deals between Latinx-owned businesses and lenders.
After closing $7 million in loans, it was time to change the business model.

2016

Controller
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Controller

— decisions, decisions, decisions

Transitioned from being a broker to become a direct lender, gaining control over the credit decision. Redefined credit algorithm and underwriting technology to automate 90% of the application process at lower default rates.

2018

Partner
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Partner

— we’re not alone

Entered into a strategic partnership with one of the largest non-bank lenders in Mexico. This marriage started with a $100M exclusive debt facility making Camino Financial poised for growth.

2019

Achiever
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Achiever

— to the top

New funding structure enables phenomenal growth. Expansion began and then here comes COVID. The micro business sector across the world is just about to get a punch in the gut.

2020

Survivor
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Survivor

— down not out

Camino Financial demonstrates resilience and above benchmark credit performance during COVID. The company launches a $10M COVID response initiative in collaboration with Community Investment Management (CIM).

2021

Leader
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Leader

— best in class

Became the first neo-CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution), bridging the gap in capabilities between fintechs and CDFIs. Camino Financial is on track to accomplish its goal of $1B in lifetime loans by the end of 2023.

Always representing the best — that’s RARE

It has nothing to do with steak. But if you’ve got a hunger to join, we’re always looking for RARE associates.

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More than extraordinary, we’re...

Reliable

Rely on each other. Possess the proven ability to deliver with accountability at the core for optimum results.

RARE
RARE

Analytical

Data-driven decision makers. Have the foresight and drive to analyze information differently achieving extraordinary outcomes.

Overcome difficulties. Discover each other’s skill set and collaboratively learn to do more with less.

Resourceful

RARE
RARE

Deeper understanding. Listen carefully to others in order to foster an inclusive, diverse and emotionally-safe culture.

Empathetic

The numbers don’t lie

Do the math. It all adds up to satisfaction.

$171,000,000+

dollars financed

8,858+

businesses funded

$18,000,000+

interest saved

Learn more about our leaders

  • Sean Salas

    CEO & Co-Founder

  • Kenny Salas

    COO & Co-Founder

  • Praveen Varma

    Chief Risk Officer

  • Michael Chamberlayne

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Eric Smeby

    VP of Engineering

  • Richard Solomon

    VP of Credit Risk & Portfolio Management

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More than just capital

Camino Financial’s purpose is to invest in opportunity, believe in ideas and back America’s small businesses. By unlocking capital for these underserved micro entrepreneurs, we enable economic growth within overlooked communities.

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