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The undervalued social impact of community banks in local economies

In the movie classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart plays the hero whose foil is a crusty, tight-fisted banker, the stereotype of the soulless businessman. For years, the mean-spirited banker has been a useful creation of Hollywood screen writers, novelists, and the media. Unfortunately, banks reinforce this stereotype when they make mistakes or treat customers

Local leaders in Brazil look for investments in social impact

ImpactAlpha, July 10 – A nationwide trucker strike protesting diesel price increases had ended only days earlier. Recession and austerity policies were pressuring Brazil’s middle class. President Michel Temer’s government is under fire, much like his predecessors’. That was the context for last months gathering of more than a thousand representatives from government, business, and civil

Catholic Relief Services targets loans for clean, reliable water in El Salvador