Non-Profit Payday Loans: Loansharks With Shorter Teeth?

“I have almost $100 in savings,” said Ms. Truckey, who earns $9.50 an hour as a supermarket meat clerk. “I’m in a comfortable position for the first time in many years.”

That’s a lady who is finally digging herself out of a payday loan hole with the help of a “non-profit” payday loan. At one point, Truckey was paying $600 a month in finance charges alone. Now she has a new loan through GoodMoney, operated by local credit union. The new loan’s APR is only 252%, about half what she was paying before.

That’s still a pretty crappy number, and it begs the question, does it really cost that much to lend money? 12 states disagree and have usury laws that prohibit payday lending. There’s also an important book would-be payday debtors should read, called, “Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford.”

Nonprofit Payday Loans? Yes, to Mixed Reviews [NYT]