Tag:Financial Empowerment


I was born and raised in Ferguson. My grandfather came here in 1920. I still get emotional because it’s my hometown. I couldn’t believe what was going on on many different levels. We worked so hard to make this a good town. I say we. The entire community. And to see what was going on…

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What does it take to find a home?

It’s the summer of 2002. Fredica M., a St. Louis native who’s moved back to the Midwest after spending some time in California, is a 25-year old mother renting an apartment in South City. She’s glad to be back in her hometown, and expecting her third child. What she isn’t expecting is becoming homeless. When…

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Entrepreneurs are generally, inherently disruptive because they’re trying to fix a problem and they’re trying to change whatever the status quo is around that problem. That’s what entrepreneurs do best. The kinds of challenges that face our community as a region, race-wise, require disrupting the norms.

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It is a great place for social innovation and social entrepreneurship, but at the same time, two things that really hold St. Louis back are our fear of failure and our inability to handle negative things. Ferguson really showed us this.

Tags Racial EquityFinancial EmpowermentInfrastructure
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Building Equity through Enhanced Access to Banking

The expert testimony, research, scholarship, and lived experience collected by the Commission revealed the following:As stated by researcher Martha Beard of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis:“The word unbanked is an umbrella term used to describe diverse groups of individuals who do not use banks or credit unions for their financial transactions….

Tags Opportunity to ThriveFinancial EmpowermentBuilding Equity through Enhanced Access to Banking
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