Map showing the location of the underbanked population. Source: Shutterstock.

Consulting firm CU Strategic Planning and fintech Kasasa have teamed up to expand access to financial products and services at CDFI-certified credit unions, the two organizations announced Tuesday.

The new partnership enables credit union clients of the Tacoma, Wash.-based CU Strategic Planning, which provides business planning services for cooperatives with a focus on community development, to connect un- and underbanked communities to the Austin, Texas-based Kasasa’s financial products and services. These include targeted marketing services and the Kasasa Loan, which the fintech said is the only loan on the market with Take-Backs that allow consumers to pay down their loan principal faster, reducing interest payments with the option to borrow back their funds in case of an emergency.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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