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Banking the Underserved at the Speed of Trust

Banking the Underserved at the Speed of Trust

It’s easy to miss important parts of the Delta. At first glance, a juke joint could be mistaken for a roadside shack. A flooded field is actually the start of a productive rice crop. And a neon-lit payday lender might be a debt trap. Also perhaps overlooked, immigrant...

America Can Save: How Southern’s Public Policy Makes Saving Easy

Talking about Poverty: Inflation Inequality

By James Owen Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blog posts to critically examine how poverty is defined, measured, and talked about, and how those conversations influence public policy. If you’ve been keeping up with our series on poverty, it should be...

Talking about Poverty: In Need of a Refresh

By Kathryn Hazelett Editor’s note: This is part of a series of blog posts to critically examine how poverty is defined, measured, and talked about, and how those conversations influence public policy. Mollie Orshansky figured out “how” we measure poverty. Her method...

A Big Idea: Banking on Building Empathy

A Big Idea: Banking on Building Empathy

By James Owen Most of us don’t think twice about how easy it is to access money. If you’re like me, it’s so easy you can do it before your first cup of coffee. Select, swipe, sip. But for too many Arkansans, just accessing their money is a challenge. Nationally, seven...

Talking about Poverty: Measurement

Talking about Poverty: Measurement

By Kathryn Hazelett Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of blog posts to critically examine how poverty is defined, measured, and talked about, and how those conversations influence public policy. Last week, we started our series on poverty with a discussion...

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