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MAF Awarded $45 Million To Support Immigrant Families During COVID-19 Crisis. It’s Still Not Enough – Congress Must Act.

MAF Awarded $45 Million To Support Immigrant Families During COVID-19 Crisis. It’s Not Enough. Congress Needs to Ensure that All Immigrants Have Access to Relief.

Safe, trusted “Financial Empowerment Windows” for the Mexican Community are a light in these hard times

Read about MAF’s partnership with Citi Community Relations and how we’ve provided trusted, culturally-relevant financial education within the Ventanillas de Asesoría Financiera.

Four Years of Possibility: The Legacy of Sustained Organizing

Organizing in Georgia made its victory possible. The victory makes a horizon of progressive policies possible. Two are top priority.

5 Keys To Relevant, Intentional Campaigns

Here's what we've learned are the 5 keys to running a successful campaign for a diverse electorate.

SB 1157 Becomes Law: California’s First-in-the-Nation Rent Reporting Bill

SB1157 offers a credit-building lifeline to low-income tenants living in subsidized housing, allowing them to report their rent payments to major credit bureaus so they

Francisco’s Story: Strength in the Time of COVID-19

Read about Francisco's inspiring journey and its many challenges – including migration, financial barriers, fatherhood, and COVID-19.

Growing Lending Circles Communities With 7 New Partners

We’re welcoming 7 incredible nonprofits to our Lending Circles Network!

Taryn’s Story: Finding Transformation in the Uncertainty

Meet MAF’s college fund grant recipient Taryn Williams and learn about her incredible journey finding inspiration and hope in unlikely moments.

MyMAF: Mobile Insights During the COVID-19 Crisis

Activity skyrocketed in the MyMAF app in the early months of COVID, as users searched for resources around credit and savings.

Insights from Census Outreach Campaign

Immigrants, like other marginalized communities, are labeled as "hard-to-count" by the US Census Bureau. Immigrants, we found, were in fact the easiest-to-count.

Xiucoatl Mejia: Connecting Communities…From A Distance

Xiucoatl’s story illustrates the incontestable reality that art—in all of its forms—is essential to enabling people to connect with each other through empathy, shared space,

Mobilizing Communities Into Action

We're mounting thoughtful and relevant tools, resources, and campaigns that place people at the forefront of change and mobilizes them towards civic action.

Prioritizing Education in a Pandemic

The pandemic has exacerbated a number inequities within this country, including access to higher education. Even in the absence of a pandemic, so many students

We Lean on Each Other in Times of Crisis

If I had to distill the essence of MAF's Rapid Response work into one word it would be: partnerships.

Making Our Lives Count In The #2020Census

The marginalized communities and hard-working immigrant families that we serve every day at MAF will receive, at best, pennies for each dollar needed because they

Helping Those With the Least Weather the Crisis

We are in the midst of a generation-defining crisis. The coronavirus is laying bare the interconnectedness of modern life, rapidly spreading and jeopardizing the health

Pushing Back: USCIS Proposed Fee Hikes

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Podcast: Design for Social Change

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Navigating the Financial System with an ITIN

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New MyMAF Financial Education on Self-Employment

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SB 455 Updates: CA Financial Empowerment Fund

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We saw it coming.

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Introducing MAF’s newest program: LLC Loan Program

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Energy Watch Chronicles: How A Small Business Owner Sweetened His Customers’ Experience By Brightening Up His Shop

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Testifying Before the Joint Economic Committee

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MAF Staff Spotlight: Doris Vasquez

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My MAF Journey: Bridging Tech and Financial Inclusion

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MAFista Spotlight: Samhita Collur

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2019 MAF Summit: And the award goes to…

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Catalyzing Change: Antonio’s Story

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A Galaxy of Her Own: Connie’s Mixcoatl

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‘Échale ganas, mijo’/’Give it your all, son’: PART TWO

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MAF Sponsors SB 455: CA Financial Empowerment Fund

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‘Échale ganas, mijo’/’Give it your all, son’: PART ONE

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MAF Lab Spotlight: Shruti Dev

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Boni: A Story of Self-Sufficiency

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MAF’s 12 Data Points of Christmas

Watch MAF's 12 Data Points of Christmas, a video featuring insights from the last decade

Rosa’s Story: An Advocate’s Journey

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Public Charge Statement Release: A Barrier to Upward Mobility for Immigrant Families

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Introducing MAF’s new mobile app: MyMAF

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Public Charge: An Attack on All Immigrants

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What Resistance Looks Like: MAF’s DACA Campaign, a Year Later

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Why We’re Excited for the 2018 MAF Summit

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Join the Rabble!

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We will keep fighting

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In Their Own Words: The Hopes of Dreamers

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Deportation, Stress, and Fear

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Here to help: reacting to the latest DACA court order

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Work and Bills: The Financial Concerns of DACA Recipients

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Introducing MAF’s Self-Employment Webinar Series

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DACA’s multiplier effect

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DACA = better jobs, stable families

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MAF Lab: R&D for social good

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DACA: 44 States & 70 Countries

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#HereToStay: Announcing MAF’s new immigration loan programs

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How MAF launched the largest DACA renewal campaign in 3 days

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DACA: The stories behind the checks

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Pilar’s Story: An ode to Prince and homeownership

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Nora’s Journey: A story of strength

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Press Release: 5,000+ DACA renewal scholarships now available

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Press Release: 2,000 Dreamers to receive DACA renewal scholarships

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Meet the Adelante Advisory Council

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Champion Spotlight: Meet Gaby Zamudio

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Claudia’s dreams: health, credit & a new bakery

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Preparing yourself for financial emergencies

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FinTech pros and consumer advocates

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With ❤️, From: Mom, Charu, Mama, 엄마, Hajurmuma

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Champion spotlight: meet Jessica Leggett

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Wealth inequality and new Americans

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Citizenship for New Yorkers

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Ventanilla: A Window of Opportunity

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Lending Circles at the Brown Boi Project

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Winners of the 2016 Super-Partner Awards

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LC Summit 16: Top 16 Moments

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Words from the Wise #LCSummit16

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On Food & Family: Isabel’s Story

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Taking Financial Learning Beyond the Classroom

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José Quiñonez named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow

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Sonia: A Future Chicago Homeowner

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The Freedom to Move: My DACA Journey

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6 Reasons You Won’t Want to Miss the Lending Circles Summit 2016

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Building Better: 2015 Annual Report

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It’s who you ask that matters

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Strengthening the Voice of our Lending Circles Partner Network

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Innovations: Making the Invisible Visible

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Passionate Leaders & Product Experts: Meet Our New Board Members

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The Power of Community: Expanding Opportunities for AAPI Immigrants

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Waiting on SCOTUS, UCLA Looks to Lending Circles for Deferred Action

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Celebrating the Many Moms of Our Community

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Honored with the Bullard Award by Princeton’s Wilson School

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Policy Must Uplift People’s Strengths, Not Criticize Their Character

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Law School & Tamales: DACA Opens Doors for Kimberly

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Lending Circles Coming to More Los Angeles Communities

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Respect, Meet, Build: A Model for Financial Inclusion

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Southwest Solutions & JPMorgan Bring Lending Circles to Detroit

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An Important Question for Every Relationship: “What’s Your Credit Score?”

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Time to Reflect & Refresh: Announcing My Sabbatical

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Hierarchy of Financial Needs: An Introduction

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What It’s Worth: MAF Featured in New Book

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$1.5M Chase Grant Takes MAF to Next Level

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Sandra: An Artist-Entrepreneur Brings Her Vision to Life

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Introducing Chris, MAF’s Product Manager

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Meet Kelsea, Our New Development Manager

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Welcome Elena to the Partner Success Team

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Behind the Credit Curtains in Houston

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NCLR Presents MAF with the 2015 Family Strengthening Award

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New Lending Circles Program in DC Area

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Passing up opportunities: my life before citizenship

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Diana gets tails wagging with a small business loan

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Dejando pasar oportunidades: mi vida antes de la ciudadanía

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Diana consigue buenos resultados en San Francisco con un pequeño Lending Circles por negocios

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Lesson Earned #4: (MAF) Metamorphosis

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Bringing together a Better Bay Area

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Keeping Lending Circles hot with Chhaya

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Lesson Earned #3: Think Small

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When Passion Ignites a Path

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Partner Spotlight: Henry of CLUES

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Doing More with Partners

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Looking Ahead in 2015

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Building a Better Bay Area

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Rosa: The Long Road to Citizenship

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MAF Says Goodbye to Founding Board Members

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Lending Circles for Deferred Action Expands in LA

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Fremont Family Resource Center Delivers a Recipe for Success

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Welcome Alyssa: MAF’s Partner Manager

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Give Credit where it matters

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Blanca: Building her Beauty Salon Business Dream

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Lesson Earned #2: Get Rid of the Door

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From Partner Extraordinaire to Board Member

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A Warm Reception for Lending Circles in Minnesota

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Meet Karla Henriquez: MAF’s Program Coordinator

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Diving Deep into Member Culture

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Financial Pride through Lending Circles

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A Time to Celebrate MAF 2.0

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Javier: Striking Gold by Building Credit

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Meet Jennifer Tse: MAF’s Curious Finance Associate

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MAF Presents at Dreamforce

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Meet Isis Fleming: MAF’s problem-solving master

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A New Mindset: The John R May Leadership Award

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Lesson Earned #1: MAF Moves Pretty Fast

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Product and Research Fellow joins MAF

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MAF welcomes new Marketing Fellow

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Being an Advocate for Prosperity

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MAF wins prestigious Community Leadership Award

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SB 896: A Special Policy Briefing

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Donor Spotlight on Robby Pinkard

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SPUR of the moment

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Leonor Brings Sunshine to the Community

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SB 896 passes! CA becomes first state to recognize credit-building

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New Latthivongskorn: From dreams to medical school

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SB896: One signature away from history

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Forming a community with Lending Circles

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Welcome Ximena, Financial Services Manager

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Claudia: Becoming a U.S. Citizen

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Little Plates, Big Heart

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Delivering Lending Circles to The Mile High City

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Microloan Spotlight: Elvia Buendia, Cupcake Boss

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Welcome Carmen Chan, DREAMSF Fellow!

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Shifting the focus on finance: Interview with Sarah Peet

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Love and Money

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Google Challenged

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Let’s Buddy Up: Joining the Lending Circle network

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MAF’s Emerging in LA

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Screwing in the light bulb with GoogleServe

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Training our partners for success

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Lending Circles son bienvenidos a Miami!

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Calling all Dreamers

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California DREAMing: DACA and the making of an American dream

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Behind the design: interview with Digital Telepathy

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MicroLoan Spotlight: Yeral Caldas, Feeding the heart

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Vote MAF for a better bay area

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Leveling up with new social loan sites

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Building momentum in Chicago

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The Credit Catch 22

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Is a new logo like getting a new uniform?

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Shifting the focus on social lending

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A dream no longer deferred

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Clearing the path for Lending Circles

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Social loans enable affordable credit

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This is what 5 years of social lending looks like

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Itzel: A DREAMer making a difference

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Jesus: young community builder

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Bruno: Design dream team

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Pablo: Aspiring Filmmaker

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Helen: A Mom with a Dream

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Luis and Zenaida: A family of chefs

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Veronica: A Visionary Restaurateur

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Aqui: Lending Circles with filipinos in L.A.

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Alicia: Tamale trailblazer

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Christina: an entrepreneurial fashionista

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Olivia: cooking from the heart

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Leticia: Rising up

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Lending Circle Program Evaluation Released

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