Hastings gains better access to no and low interest loans
September 23, 2021
Good Shepherd NZ and BudgetFirst have teamed up to give residents in Hastings easier access to Good Loans – a programme centred around financial wellbeing.
Good Loans, a joint initiative by Good Shepherd NZ and BNZ and supported by MSD, is designed to provide Kiwis on limited incomes with a fair and affordable option when accessing a loan, whilst also equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to make more informed financial decisions.
Good Shepherd NZ’s Chief Executive, Fleur Howard, said:
“Partnering up with BudgetFirst is really exciting. It means we are able to reach even more New Zealanders to support them to be financially confident and help them purchase an essential item or service that will improve their day-to-day lives.”
Good Loans aims to provide clients with access to essential items or services such as a second-hand car, medical bills, household furniture or electronic devices like a computer.
BudgetFirst’s Community Loan Worker, Gemma Ison, is excited to be able to provide this much needed service to her clients.
“BudgetFirst is all about supporting clients to develop their financial capability. Access to fair and affordable loans that help people buy what they need while making sure they can still manage their other expenses, is a really important addition to our range of financial capability services.”
Gemma will also be able to offer other forms of support that may be of interest to clients, such as access to Good Shepherd NZ’s DEBTsolve programme or other financial capability services, regardless of the outcome of the loan enquiry.
BudgetFirst is a registered charity in Hastings that has been offering free, accessible, and non-judgmental budgeting advice for 45 years.
Its mission is to grow personal financial capability within its community through a supportive and confidential service.
The services include one-to-one consultations, group workshops, debt management, negotiations with creditors and advice on Work and Income entitlements.
BudgetFirst also works in partnership with its community stakeholders to provide group financial literacy workshops to Teen Parent Units, Women’s Refuge, transitional housing providers and local businesses.
Gemma told us:
“We are aspirational in our desire to build strong sustainable partnerships and be recognised and valued by our community as the ’go to’ place for all personal budgeting needs.”