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Self-Help Credit Union

Creating and Protecting Ownership and Economic Opportunity

Durham, NC







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Mission & purpose

Welcome to Self-Help! Follow us on Linkedin for regular updates about our research and policy development work and our fair lending practices and products for homes, businesses and nonprofits, green initiatives and community real estate development. Also, check out our SERVICES TAB to learn more about our integrated approach to community development. Want to learn more? Self-Help is a family of nonprofit organizations whose mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all. Since Self-Help's founding in 1980, it has grown to include two credit unions, a loan fund, and a research and policy development group that supports those outside of the economic mainstream. Specifically, we: * Help borrowers build wealth by providing fair and responsible mortgages and small business loans in North Carolina, California and other parts of the nation. * Strengthen under-served communities by financing affordable housing, childcare centers, public charter schools, faith-based organizations, and community-focused commercial real estate projects. * Research and report on financial markets to support policies and industry practices that lower the cost of poverty and promote ownership.