Selected Success Stories

Reaching Remote Appalachia with Technology—and Passion
Appalachian Community FCU, Gray, Tennessee

In some areas of central Appalachia, residents have to travel more than 45 minutes to reach a bank branch. With just 90 people per square mile, one third of what you’d find in major metropolitan areas, mainstream banks have closed up shop.

Consumer-Friendly Loan Program Tackles Predatory Lending
Rio Grande Valley Multibank, Brownsville, Texas

Texas is one of the poorest states in the country; business is booming for predatory lenders.

Connecting Consumers to Responsible Loans
Sunrise Banks, St. Paul, Minnesota

Brittany Moore’s mornings are timed with precision. After a lively early morning scramble to leave the house, she drops her young daughter at day care before making the long drive to work.

Opening the Road to Opportunity
Freedom First Federal Credit Union (FFFCU), Roanoke, Virginia

The decline of southwestern Virginia’s once booming farm and coal industries brought high rates of poverty and unemployment to the region. Today, well-paying, steady jobs are hard to find and often require training to get ahead.

Bringing Resources to Underbanked New York Communities
Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union, New York, New York

“I was walking down Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard one day and had in mind to open a bank account. I saw Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union and became a member,” says Steward Mitchell, a Harlem resident at the time.

Providing Safe and Affordable Housing to Veterans in Gary, Indiana
Broadway Area CDC, Gary, Indiana

Gary, Indiana’s steel industry boomed in the 1960s, providing jobs to many of the city’s 180,000 residents. A half-century later, due to the industry’s steady decline, the city is economically-distressed.

Clearinghouse CDFI Serves Up Opportunity in Las Vegas
Culinary Training Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada

Hospitality is Las Vegas’ backbone—behind the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip are thousands of servers, bar and restaurant staff, caterers, and hotel and casino support staff keeping people fed, comfortable, and returning for more.