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Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

31 July 2020

United States

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A study found that students without debt ended up with a higher income than students with debt, an overall benefit to the larger economy. In the U.S., "44.7 million American adults are saddled with student debt totali...

Dissent Magazine

Hannah Appel

12 July 2019

United States

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Debtors’ unions can use collective nonpayment of debts to fight against unfair lending practices. Amid the United States’ student loan financial crisis, debtor organizations like the Debt Collective leverage organizat...

The Huffington Post

Sarah Shearman

10 October 2018

London, England

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The Hoe Street Central Bank is an artist run project that raises money through events taking place in a former bank and sells prints designed to mimic paper money. Through the money they raise, the organization buys a...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

28 September 2018

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Hope Credit Union has a mission: serving mostly black, marginalized communities in the South whose capital was historically displaced through slavery. In 2017, the credit union gave out $100 million in loans. ‘That to...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

25 June 2018

Fresno, California, United States

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Community foundations have a new way to invest their funds: they can opt to invest in community projects, such as credit unions, as opposed to more traditional financial investments. The Self-Help Federal Credit Union...

The New York Times

Matthew Chingos

Susan Dynarski

2 April 2018

New York, New York, United States

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In a March Madness bracket style competition between Sweden, the United States, Australia, and Britain, experts choose Australia as the country with the most effective student loan repayment system. Judges cite automa...

The Guardian

Anna Leach

23 March 2018

Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

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How is Street Central Bank buying back the debt of ordinary people? Part art installation and part charitable endeavor, the “bank” prints its own money, sells it for real tender and then uses the funds to help neighbo...

FastCompany

Jessica Goodheart

29 June 2017

Redwood City, California, United States

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Historically, banks have been largely hesitant to give small loans to individuals, particularly those with little or no credit history, which includes many immigrants and minorities. But an institution called Oportun ...

The Economic Times

Anu Thomas

4 May 2017

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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A husband and wife team in Bangalore (Bengaluru) have created a peer-to-peer, online micro-loan platform to help make poverty history by addressing credit needs of underserved communities. Lenders on the platform can ...

Citiscope

Connor MacDonald

30 March 2017

Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar

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Years of misrule and a subsequent dearth of hard currency, along with crippling bank-fostered debt cycles and exorbitant home mortgage interest rates, have created immense suffering for Myanmar's poor. But with the gu...

Salon

Gail Cornwall

28 February 2016

United States

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Postal banking used to be the norm in the United States, just as it is throughout Europe, helping poor and immigrant families save money, transfer funds, and even get small loans. The model is ripe for a comeback. Tod...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

18 January 2015

Bath, Pennsylvania, United States

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Many people who own a trailer home live in a corporate-owned community where the rent goes unregulated but it is too expensive to relocate the trailer. In New Hampshire many manufactured home communities are owned by ...

The New York Times

Lisa Margonelli

11 August 2011

Keene, New Hampshire, United States

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More Than Wheels, a New Hampshire-based non-profit offers an economically stable solution to the high cost of owning a car. The program offers low-cost car loans that go toward the purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

10 December 2010

Ohio, United States

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In part, miscommunication between bankers, brokers and homeowners created the 2008 economic crisis. Protection laws mandating better labeling and trusted third-party intermediaries could improve communication and help...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

6 December 2010

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Foreclosure affects millions of homeowners and millions more owe more on their mortgages than what their homes are worth, but Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), offers assistance. As a free service to ...

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