Mathew Solso

Security: No small gift in an uncertain world

By Mathew Solso

The education, training, and technical assistance we provide sets our borrowers up to make better financial decisions for the rest of their lives.

I think we can all agree on one thing: No one can predict the future.

Whether we view this uncertainty as exciting, or as scary, often depends on how secure we feel.

For people with a steady job, a supportive family, who own an affordable home in a safe neighborhood, the future can look like opportunity. Bring it on!

But when you’re wondering whether you’ll be able to afford your rent, mortgage or child care payments in 2017, or whether the business you started will survive? That kind of uncertainty feels like insecurity. It feels like stress.

The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund works to help families with low-to-moderate incomes achieve more-secure lives. We show up when our borrowers need us, with “loans and …”.

The “and …” might be business education for a child care director, a boot camp training for the board of directors of a new resident-owned community, or a consultant showing a business owner how to sell her products online.

In each case, the education, training, or technical assistance we provide sets our borrowers up to make better financial decisions for the rest of their lives.

That’s long-term impact! And it’s one reason I’m so happy to work here and raise money for this good cause.

I am certain about one thing. Our borrowers' achievements wouldn't be possible without:

  • our investors, who provide the funds we lend;
  • our partners, who help us create financial solutions to tricky problems; and
  • our donors, whose gifts cover the cost of our “secret sauce,” the training and technical assistance that help provide some long-term security in this uncertain world.

To everyone we work with, for, or who support us, thank you. May you and yours enjoy a Happy—and secure—New Year.

Mathew Solso is Donor Relations Manager at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund.