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Best Practices in Action: Micro-Enterprise in Iowa

The Iowa Able Foundation-Micro-Enterprise, Micro-Lending and Financial Security for Iowans with Disabilities 

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Jill Crosser


Jill Crosser, Executive Director, Iowa Able Foundation

This webinar looks at innovative solutions to address poverty and financial insecurity in the disability community. People with disabilities are the poorest of the poor, with 28.5 percent experiencing poverty, higher than any other minority community. Iowa’s Able Foundation is turning to micro-loans and financial coaching to “empower Iowans with disabilities, their families and the aging.”

Speaker Bio: Jill Crosser is the Executive Director of the Iowa Able Foundation. Prior to joining the Iowa Able team, she worked as a Neuro Resource Facilitator with the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa and has experience with Case Management with the Elderly Waiver worked with Job Placement as well. Jill received her undergraduate degree in Family Services, Criminology & Women’s Studies from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master’s work was completed at Drake University in Rehabilitation Administration.

“The need for skills and knowledge that successfully enable low and moderate income individuals (and individuals with disabilities) to become part of the mainstream financial system by learning to manage their finances, participate in banking services, and save for assets and other financial goals are often underestimated. Working for Iowa Able with our lending, educating, and advancing initiative has been a rewarding experience- helping other reach their goals is at the forefront of what we do every day. Finances and assets are the core to our stability.”

Special thanks to JP Morgan Chase for making this webinar with live captioning available for free.

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