Des Moines, IA

Eric and a savings group member


We currently have four savings groups in Des Moines, IA, with a total of 42 members.


The groups include many refugees from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Bhutan and Burundi, and all are through partnerships with Oakridge Neighborhood and Lutheran Services in Iowa. Members in all groups are saving regularly and using their savings to provide each other with much needed small-dollar loans. Safe and affordable credit is an important factor for meeting daily needs and asset development.


Given the success indicators for refugee populations in Des Moines, we will expand our programming to over 500 immigrant and refugee populations in Iowa in 2017.