Protecting people's money

Economic self-sufficiency for women and protection against con artists are the missions of these two Money heroes.

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Stacy Francis, 38, founder of a nonprofit that offers women free financial education

Troubled that her grandmother stayed in an abusive relationship for lack of fiscal wherewithal, Francis began Savvy Ladies in 2003, the year she started work as a financial planner.

Via classes, workbooks, and a hotline, business people and other volunteers at the New York nonprofit have taught more than 10,000 women -- ranging in age from their twenties to their sixties -- money skills they need to gain more control over their lives.

Free courses include Investment Management Boot Camp and Learning to Budget: One Less Latte.

"Women ask, 'How can I get control of my money? That's the question we hear most often."

  @Money - Last updated March 25 2013 12:08 PM ET
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