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How a big French bank helped London tenants get back to work

L&Q social housing association secured loan by BNP Paribas under condition it helped its unemployed residents find jobs

For a couple of years Nontando Mpofu, known to her friends as Lucy, struggled to find permanent work and often found herself reliant on the generosity of her church and food bank.

“Life was a real struggle, and it was very hard for me to juggle everything – paying the rent and looking after my daughter as a single parent,” Mpofu, 40, says in the airy kitchen of her flat in Leytonstone, east London. “I got into quite a bit of debt and rent arrears.”

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