Expensive Debt Is Not The Answer

A number of people turn to non-banking sources for credit, even though they have bank accounts. These people are often get trapped in a cycle of expensive, easy-access credit such as payday loans and ultra high-interest loans. Once in this type of debt, it becomes extremely difficult to get out.

Traditional Approach

Typically individuals will identify a credit source, obtain the loan, then struggle on their own to try to make the required repayments based on the lender’s schedule. Very often they are unsuccessful, which puts them further behind. People in this situation often don’t receive credit counselling or similar help until they declare bankruptcy.

Impact Lab Approach

Provide education and advice, in addition to loans, to help people avoid or get out of high-interest debt. Structure loan repayments according to the individual’s cash flow to help ensure success. Incentivize better behaviours and move high-risk individuals into mainstream banking relationships.

How Do We Make An Impact?

Reduce cost of borrowing

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Change in fees and interest paid

Reduce percentage of income that services short-term debt

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Change in percentage of gross monthly income that goes to non-housing related debt payments

Create opportunities to better access mainstream financial services

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Percentage of borrowers in program who develop a primary banking relationship with a mainstream financial institution such as DUCA

Reduce likelihood that borrower will take another high-risk loan

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Percentage of borrowers who open a DUCA account from which they make payments to a payday lender within 12 months of repaying their last loan

Increase positive financial behaviours

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Percentage of people who complete the program and open a savings account, TFSA or RRSP

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Program Partners

We are working with these partners to find innovative solutions and start making an impact for credit challenged individuals. Click the link below to learn more about them and how they are working to help make a difference.

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