IPA's US Household Finance Initiative is working to test a path to savings that allows customers to save on impulse. An excerpt:
â€œPeople have intensions to saveâ€ but â€œget derailed by the lack of a clear, easy path to start saving,â€ said Innovations for Poverty Action's (IPA) Jonathan Zinman, a Dartmouth College economist who worked with Coleman to create the product. The non-profit IPA granted $15,000 this month to set up RiteCheck's program.
IPA is testing other programs for low-income people, including a savings account with a low $15 minimum deposit at a Washington, D.C., credit union and a debt-repayment program at a Tulsa, Okla., tax-filing service.