Far from cheering CRA reform, CDFIs are worried


Community development financial institutions could stand to gain from efforts to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act, but they fear the proposal offered by regulators may end up draining their capital.


Are SBA loans for underserved in jeopardy?


Some lenders fear a moratorium on new participants, and other restraints, could be the beginning of the end for the agency's Community Advantage program.


Making financial inclusion part of the business model


The heads of Mastercard and Santander outlined the concrete steps their firms are taking to bring unbanked consumers into the financial system.


Grameen America eyes banks in ambitious push to expand microlending effort


The nonprofit is turning to banks and social impact investors to support a newly created fund designed to significantly increase the size of its loan portfolio over five years.


Behind Credit Suisse’s foray into microlending to the global poor


The Swiss bank got involved in microfinance in a counterintuitive way: at the behest of its wealthiest clients. Technology has made lending in small rural villages more efficient and profitable.


Microinvesting app Stash raises $40M


The app allows users, many of them first-time investors, to get started for as little as $5.


Breaking Banks: EU fintech superheroes


Interviews with entrepreneurs and techies at the Money2020 Europe conference.


First National in Neb. invests in microfinance pioneer


The $1.5 million investment will help Grameen America make more small-dollar loans in the Midwest.


Ask Alice — she'll say character is collateral


A Nebraska banking veteran put up $1 million of her own money to create a microlending program that doesn't require business owners to provide traditional collateral.