An educational Spanish language video series created specifically for Latino immigrants

 

Finances

The Challenge

Many immigrants come to the U.S. with the dream of providing their families with the advantages that a secure income can bring. Yet, in the U.S., the acquisition of a higher income can often demand a higher level of financial savvy. In addition to sharing in the wealth, new immigrants also inherit the opportunity to mismanage funds, go into debt, and risk the very security that first brought them to the United States. A wide array of financial options, often coupled with a lack of English proficiency and suspicion of financial institutions, make it difficult for new immigrants to take advantage of certain financial benefits such as:

  • Bank accounts
  • Payment options
  • Credit
  • Lower cost remittances

Information

This title in the ÉXITO EN EL NORTE video/DVD series helps Hispanic immigrants navigate each of the new demands inherent in the American financial system. Real-life depictions illustrate each aspect of money management, from opening an account to electronic withdrawals and keeping track of account balances. The video/DVD also helps simplify the process of sharing earnings with family members who still live outside the U.S. It details:

  • Types of bank accounts
  • Credit unions
  • Bank security (FDIC)
  • Bill management
  • Checkbook balancing
  • Credit
  • Purchase options
  • ATM machines
  • Money transfers

Tools

A large array of financial tools, many in Spanish, can be found nationally. Some originate from federal or non-profit agencies and organizations, while many others are sponsored through for-profit businesses geared towards Hispanic consumers. Resources from both types of sources do offer helpful tools for Spanish-speakers acclimating to the financial realities of a new country. Below, find a listing of national sites, both online and real world, which provide these types of materials. Local and state level resources and organizations have been outlined in the printed resource guides that accompany this Finances video/DVD.

For a listing of organizations and sites that furnish general information or assistance to immigrants, or provide assistance in multiple areas, either click here for general resources or you may download an adobe acrobat pdf file of finances resources.

Facilitator's Guide

View the Facilitator’s Guide for the Finance Title here.

Running Time: 22:33 minutes

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