Microloans are available for small business owners or startups that have a thin credit file or can’t secure funds through a traditional bank. Microlenders are non-profit organizations that offer smaller loan sizes, which max out at $50,000 but tend to average much less than that. They charge slightly higher interest rates than big banks, but have less stringent underwriting criteria. Microlenders will typically mentor you through the application process, which is a big plus. Their goal is to help you build your credit and financial history, so that you can eventually qualify for bank funding.