Citi and Self-Help Expand Micro Branch Model to Move People Away From Alternative and Often Costly Financial Services


Community Development and the Center

for Community Self-Help ("Self-Help") announced a joint effort to

advance the Micro Branch model, a cutting-edge approach to providing

responsible check cashing and other financial services typically offered

by alternative, sometimes predatory financial services providers.

Self-Help's Micro Branch is a unique check-casher/credit union hybrid

model that has the look and feel of a check cashing business but

provides responsible financial products and services that are tailored

for unbanked individuals. Self-Help's first Micro Branch, which serves <