Building financial identities in the US

Our employee volunteers provide courses in schools and community centres, which target groups that typically can’t access credit, including female micro-entrepreneurs, students and young families in disadvantaged areas. One of the people we helped was Adriana Rodrigues Dias and this is what she had to say…

“Before I came across the Real Dreams programme, I had no idea about my spending. I used to spend too much without realising. 

It was very good for me to take this finance course. It’s helping me keep better track of my spending and think about what is truly needed and what is not. Today, when I plan my budget, I know how much money is coming in and how much is going out. I still can’t save enough for my emergency fund, but that’s my goal for this year. 

I have two daughters and I’m teaching them to realise that things cost money and that we all need to plan and budget to achieve our goals. It was great to participate in the Real Dreams course and, with everything I heard, I’m sure that I will stay more in control of my finances.”