Lifting the lid on predatory lending
Astra is driven to help individuals take back control of their own debt data and financial futures. Predatory lending and exploitative debt practices cripple borrowers, and have significant consequences.
While it is easy to blame individual lenders for bad behaviour, the problem is much more systemic. Through the Debt Collective Astra is challenging established predatory practices and core beliefs around indebtedness with lenders and borrowers.
Astra is equipped with exceptional investigative experience, and has the potential to put her skills to work in changing what we think and know about indebtedness. As a ‘practical activist,’ she has already forged success with the Rolling Jubilee campaign, and is now turning her focus towards unblocking pathways for individuals to resolve their debt and establish more equitable lending practices.
We are interested in finding out what openness looks like in the context of black box processes that affect our daily lives, but also deals with sensitive, private information. We support Astra’s work to work and learn with her.
Astra’s work focuses on: