A NILS loan made it possible for Tracy's family to buy a new washing machine which has made life easier for her family of seven.
Good Shepherd Microfinance’s Money Ready Toolkit has been awarded by the Queensland Government for its contribution to disaster relief and resilience, as part of this year's Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards.
Good Money opens to support La Trobe Valley. More than 10,000 people across the Latrobe Valley could be eligible to borrow money with no or low interest through the region’s first Good Money community finance store.
The Gold Coast’s new Good Money community finance store has been inundated in its successful first few months, with more than 400 enquiries resulting in 70 no and low interest loans worth more than $70,000.
Today the Good Money store at Southport welcomed the Shadow Minister for Financial Services, Senator Katy Gallagher, and Queensland Labor Senator, Murray Watt, to find out more about its no and low interest loan schemes and financial counselling.
As the 60th anniversary of the NAIDOC week celebrations rolls in, it is timely to reflect that despite isolated pockets of success, much remains to be done to realise Indigenous inclusion in Australia.
The number of organisations committed to driving inclusion and resilience for over three million adults who are experiencing financial exclusion in Australia has today risen to 30, with a range of actions underway to support those in need. One in every two Australians has limited or no savings, and a quarter report having experienced difficulties accessing financial services.
Through individual Financial Inclusion Action Plans (FIAPs), the 30 organisations, which include essential services providers, professional services firms, banks, universities and government agencies, are working towards measurable actions that will create a more financially inclusive community. The various initiatives range from improved access to appropriate and affordable financial products and services; development of early warning indicators to identify vulnerability; and support to those experiencing family violence avoid financial hardship. Read more.
The success of Good Shepherd Microfinance in Australia has been harnessed to boost a new program helping Central Americans pull themselves out of poverty.
The Good Shepherd program called Solidarity for Financial Inclusion is operating in Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, where 60 per cent of households live in poverty and more than half of them in extreme poverty.
Universities nationally are being called on to increase financial inclusion for students by Australia’s leading provider of affordable financial programs to people on low incomes, Good Shepherd Microfinance.
The appeal comes after more than 100 students at Melbourne-based Swinburne University benefited from financial programs and other assistance in the past six months, as a result of Swinburne’s Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP).
Whoever you are and wherever you live, we all share the same planet.
And as Mother Earth is the only planet we’ve got, it’s vital we do what we can to protect it from environmental damage and pollution.
On June 5, nations around the world take part in World Environment Day, raising awareness of issues such as global warming, marine pollution and wildlife protection. Click to read on.