Over the summer, MHM invited Isaac Peña-Parrilla from Valley Isle Community Federal Credit Union to conduct two financial literacy workshops for our clients. During the workshops, Isaac introduced clients to the concept of financial literacy, explained fixed vs. controllable expenses and the difference between wants and needs. He discussed credit card management and debt consolidation, and he concluded by showing clients how to create personal budgets.

“Working with Pua and the kids was so rewarding,” Isaac said. “These are bright kids from tough economic situations, but their parents often don’t talk to them about financial planning. So it was wonderful to help them prepare their own budgets, and to see the expressions on their faces when they finally got it.” When asked about future collaboration, Isaac said, “We intend to keep partnering with Hui Malama over the years and to provide a financial education to all their clients. We’re here to serve.”