Can a psych-based finance course help women, non-binary, and trans people heal from the trauma of COVID’s economic crises?

Trauma of Money is an online program that launched in 2019 to heal individual and collective financial trauma – then the pandemic hit one year later

Why It Matters

COVID-19 has 70 percent of Canadians concerned about their ability to pay bills and Canada has a gendered poverty problem — understanding their trauma around money could be a step towards financial literacy.

This journalism is made possible by the Future of Good editorial fellowship on women’s economic resilience, supported by Scotiabank. See our editorial ethics and standards here.

When Lystra Germaine Sam finished a Trauma of Money course exploring the false promise of marketing strategies and how they contribute to consumers’ pain and loneliness, she had to ask herself: “How do you be anti-capitalist and still want to be a business owner or entrepreneur, and do good things within that?” 

As someone working in the travel industry, she says she’s realized she’s part of the problem of extractive capitalism – but is also in a position to contribute to solutions. 

In addition to her travel agency QmooniTi, Sam (who also goes by Lystra professionally) leads healing retrea


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