Here's how to better support women living on low income, according to Families Canada

Even though Canada has award-winning financial literacy programs, they are not fully accessible to many women living on low incomes

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Revealing barriers to accessing financial aid and solutions social impact organizations are trying to create across multiple sectors can help improve systemic barriers to women’s economic resilience

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When DUCA Impact Lab began screening participants for their escalator loan pilot program, they did not have a gendered focus – at first. 

DUCA’s goal was to assess how predatory loans were impacting people with lower incomes by replacing high-interest payments with their flat rate loans. They worked with a credit counselling non-profit to identify clients who would be a good fit for the program – people with high debt and low credit scores, but whose income could potentially chip away what they owed if they weren’t constan

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