Financial Literacy

Importance

Latinas earn only $0.53 for every $1 earned by white males. 1 in 5 Latinas age 65+ live in poverty. 25% of Latinas have over $20,000 in non-mortgage debt. 80% of Latinas rely on Social Security for the majority of their retirement income. Financial education is central to community education.

Efforts Include

  • The Latina Savings Project is the newest community education model MANA uses, in partnership with WISER, to provide local workshops on managing finances and making educated financial decisions, particularly with regards to credit, retirement and homeownership and encouraging participants to begin saving.  

  • Support continued efforts to close the pay gap between men and women. Latina Equal Pay Day marks the day that Hispanic women finally catch up to the earnings of their white male counterparts from the previous year.

  • Present information at conferences and events to bring attention to the disparities for Latinas with regards to pay and savings gaps, and the need for increased resources for education and retirement planning.

  • Opposition to business practices of multi-level marketing companies who often disproportionately prey on Latinas and recent immigrants to sell products and buy into a business opportunity that costs families their life savings.

Important Financial Literacy Resources

MANA Partners with Freddie Mac to deliver CreditSmart and CreditSmart Espanol to Latinas and communities nationwide. The CreditSmart curriculum includes financial education modules to meet consumers' diverse homeownership needs and features information on credit, money management, homeownership, foreclosure avoidance, and more. 

CreditSmart

MANA Partners with the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) to deliver retirement and savings education to Latinas and communities nationwide. Rated one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes Magazine, the WISER website serves as an ongoing resource for women with topical information, resources, research, and more.

www.wiserwomen.org

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