Financial Inclusion Working Paper

Reaching out to the Unbanked

Commissioned for Inclusion in Asset Building: Research and Policy Symposium, an event hosted in September 2000 by the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, this paper was developed for publication in Inclusion in the American Dream: Assets, Poverty, and Public Policy (Oxford University Press, 2005). This paper presents a strategy for helping the unbanked to build savings and to improve their credit-risk profiles in order to lower their cost of payment services, eliminate a common source of stress, and gain access to lower-cost mainstream credit.

Project: Inclusion in Asset Building: Research and Policy Symposium


Caskey, J. (2000). Reaching out to the unbanked (CSD Working Paper No. 00-15). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.