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New Federal Rule Strikes a Blow Against Payday Loans

By Staff
  | Oct 12, 2017

More than 70% of Republicans, Democrats and independents support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposed rule to regulate payday lenders.

For opponents of predatory lending, last Thursday was a red-letter day. On October 5 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a new rule aimed at reducing the harms of predatory payday and car-title loans—usually short-term loans with extremely high interest rates. These loans are peddled as a lifeline, but in reality they drown cash-strapped consumers in debt.

In a national teleconference hosted by half a dozen consumer and civil rights groups, Mike Calhoun, president of our affiliate, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), said “These high-cost predatory loans are financial booby traps… This rule is an important milestone in providing working families with reasonable financial products.”



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9 Tips for Paying Off Credit Card Debt

By NerdWallet
  | Oct 05, 2017

Buried in credit card debt? You're not alone. According to NerdWallet, in 2015 the average U.S. household with debt had $15,762 in credit card debt at an average 18% interest rate. Annual interest alone was $2,630, or more than $50 a week.

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Here are nine tips on how to climb out. Remember, though, there are no magical solutions.

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Building Stronger Rural Communities: Self-Help’s Partnership with the USDA

By Connor Randolph, Self-Help summer intern
  | Sep 28, 2017

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Since our founding in 1980, serving rural families and communities has been a core part of Self-Help’s mission. Indeed, half of Self-Help Credit Union's branches and a quarter of its members are in rural North Carolina. Self-Help and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have partnered for the last 25 years to make loans more accessible for rural businesses. Here are some examples of this partnership, pulled from this new study of Self-Help’s rural lending history.



Finding A Place Called Home: The Legacy of Scotland Credit Association

By Mary Moore
  | Sep 21, 2017

Eva Hines in Her New Home

Eva Hines and her son enjoy their new home in Laurinburg, NC.

In the early 1960s, many families still stashed their savings in a jar or under a mattress. But that began to change in Scotland County, North Carolina when the textile industry moved in, bringing new jobs, new opportunities, and a new credit union for employees. Scotland Credit Association (the company avoided the word “union”) was formed in 1964 to serve local textile workers, and the great majority of them were members.



Self-Help Borrower Farms Award-Winning Oysters

By Robin Hall
  | Sep 14, 2017

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Over the years, Self-Help has made many loans to entrepreneurs involved in all kinds of enterprises. Here our senior loan officer in Wilson, North Carolina, Robin Hall, celebrates the success of an oyster farmer who is making a name for himself.

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How to Buy a New Car

By NerdWallet
  | Sep 07, 2017

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The number of decisions you have to make when buying a new car can be dizzying. And while many of them will depend on your individual needs and wants, there are some steps you should take no matter what to ensure you get the best deal.

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Self-Helpers Celebrate National Dog Day

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  | Aug 31, 2017

Enjoy these photos featuring the dogs of Self-Help.

Rudy a Self-Help Dog





Loans for a Remarkable Charter School in NC’s Vance County

By Julia Malinowski
  | Aug 24, 2017

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Last month, Self-Help closed on two loans totaling $8.6 million to help finance a permanent facility for Henderson Collegiate High School, located in Henderson, NC. The school may be in a small town, but it produces big results. Henderson Collegiate is the highest performing Title 1 school in the state.

This is our third round of financing for Henderson Collegiate, which was completed in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Building Hope, and the Charter School Growth Fund.

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How 400 Homes were Saved in Chicago—and Why We Care

By Ellen Schloemer and Micheline Savarin
  | Aug 17, 2017

This week at Self-Help we released a new video that traces the history of Second Federal Savings & Loan, a bank serving immigrants on Chicago’s Little Village community since 1882.

Why are we telling the story of an old bank on the south side of Chicago?

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How to Protect Your Money and Accounts Online

By NerdWallet
  | Aug 10, 2017

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Being able to bank or shop online is a great convenience, but you want to be sure you're protecting yourself before you hit “submit.” If the wrong people access your accounts, you might find yourself with a lot less money than you thought — and a lot of work to set things right. Here are six steps you can take to help make sure that doesn't happen.

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