Community members protest against payday loan agency in northeast Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Members of the northeastern Wichita community gathered on Saturday to protest a new Title Max building near 13th and Oliver.
Leaders of the protest said the payday loan agency puts many disadvantaged African Americans in the region at risk of drowning in debt.
They said businesses like these typically take advantage of community members, setting extremely high interest rates, which are then difficult to pay off.
“When I need 200 dollars, I have to give you back 500, then pick up another load just to pay you – in this vicious cycle, we will never prosper. We will be in the same situation as 10 years ago, ”said Kansas State Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau.
People there also said they were never told of the company’s arrival in the area until it was already built.
“To see them come up on the 13th and Oliver, who has such a rich business history, they’re not here to reinvest in our neighborhood,” said Tijuana Hardwell. “They are not there to support our neighborhood. They are there to attack our neighborhood and that is the difference.
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