April is National Financial Capability Month! Exodus Lending is committed to strengthening Minnesotans’ financial capacity by eliminating their predatory debt and providing resources and tools that encourage individuals to reclaim control of their finances, without shame or blame. This month, we’re debunking common payday loan myths and sharing strategies to end payday lending in Minnesota over on our social media platforms.
And let’s be clear: while financial education is important, it is not a solution to economic injustice. Yes, we should empower individuals with the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions. And yes, we all have room to grow and things to learn when it comes to personal finances. But financial hardship is not primarily due to an individual’s poor choices or lack of education. We cannot ignore the root causes of financial struggle: a history of discriminatory practices and policies and an overall lack of a social safety net that leaves many people vulnerable to exploitation by predatory lenders.
Of course, as we expand our programming and step more fully into the financial capability space, we strive to be more equitable and inclusive. Looking to join us in these efforts? Then consider attending the 2022 Midwest Asset Building Conference from June 29th to 30th in Saint Paul! We’ll be there, plus our team has been an active member of the planning committee. This year’s theme is “Imagining the Next Economy: Disrupting the Racial Wealth Divide,” in recognition of the fact that our current economy rests on racialized and gendered exploitation and extraction and how it is our responsibility to come together to disrupt the racial wealth divide and help families build prosperity.
Exodus Lending is seeking a new Director of Lending and Programs with experience leading community-based programs. Furthermore, the ideal candidate is an innovative relationship-builder and is passionate about economic justice. The Director of Lending and Programs will have operational responsibility for all loan products and financial capability programming at Exodus Lending. Additionally, this role is a full-time position with a salary of $60,000 with benefits.
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 17th.
Lastly, our team is busy planning our annual summer fundraiser for Tuesday, July 26th. Stay tuned for more details!
In case you missed it, here are some of the latest news items on predatory lending:
Exodus Lending E-Newsletter: April 2022