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Realtors Reducing Poverty: Tony Sells SLC

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Whole Planet Foundation has been supported by Tony Huston since 2014. Tony was instrumental in his former employer showing up one day to the Whole Foods Market headquarters office in Austin, Texas with a Big Check made out to Whole Planet Foundation for $100,000.  He had heard about Whole Planet Foundation impact from Whole Foods Market team members and wanted to join them and other stakeholders in alleviating poverty in countries around the globe that supply stores with products.

How a Dog Daycare Owner Is Getting Back on Her Feet With a PayPal Empowerment Grant

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Bridgett Jeffries has dedicated her life to caring for other people’s furry family members as if they were her own. The longtime animal shelter volunteer and proud parent to three dogs took a leap of faith in 2017 when she left her corporate job to open Café Wakefern, a dog daycare and boarding business, in Columbus, Ohio. She named her business after a café to evoke a “cozy, communal” coffee-shop feel, indicative of the safe and welcoming environment she creates for her canine customers.

Qualcomm Wireless Reach: Hapinoy Mobile Money Hubs

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In the Philippines, the use of 3G – enabled Android smartphones is empowering Nanay (Tagalog for “Mother”) entrepreneurs to become Mobile Money Agents. By offering this service through the Mobile Money Hubs program, Nanays in the Hapinoy sari-sari store program can generate additional income by providing quick and reliable remittance service in the convenience of their customer’s local neighborhood stores.

How Mastercard is Making a Difference

The 2019 Mastercard Corporate Sustainability Report outlines the company's progress towards building a more inclusive and sustainable digital economy. Looking ahead, our commitment is only growing.
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PNC Commits $10M To Support Small Businesses In Pittsburgh

Community Development Banking program-related investment through the PNC Foundation aims to provide further economic relief to local minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs
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PITTSBURGH, August 28, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Underserved Pittsburgh neighborhoods and struggling small business owners will benefit from three programs significantly supported through a $10 million program-related investment announced today by PNC Community Development Banking and the PNC Foundation

Why Women Start New Businesses: Reasons, Challenges, and Opportunities

Investing in women entrepreneurs is vital part of our global economy
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More women are turning to entrepreneurship, and according to Herbalife Nutrition’s second annual Global Entrepreneurship survey, 72 percent of women want to open their own business. Women entrepreneurs create a source of income for themselves and their families. They are a vital part of our world's economic engine that society needs to support with flexible opportunities, mentorship, and access to capital.

'The People We Serve Are in Effect Financially Invisible'

Viewpoints: For the 63 million unbanked and underbanked people in the U.S., the cost of living in the financial shadows is tremendous and further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, writes José A. Quiñonez, founder of Mission Asset Fund.
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I was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. as a young boy. We were undocumented and could only work odd jobs at the local flea market to make ends meet. For many years, we lived in the shadows of society, afraid of being caught, detained, and deported. This fear permeated every aspect of our lives until 1986, when President Ronald Reagan signed an amnesty bill granting immigrants like us permission to come out in the full light of day.

Ugandan Tech Company Fights Crop Loss with Innovative Packaging

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KAMPALA, Uganda, August 21, 2020 /3BL Media/ – At Hause Limited has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with the goal to reduce agriculture loss by providing 300,000 low-income producers in rural Uganda with insect and rot-resistant packaging. By 2021, the company will create 30,000 indirect jobs for low-income retailers, wholesalers, traders and distributors of these bags. By 2023, the company also aims to provide 1 million low-income people working in Uganda’s agribusiness with increased access to markets in Africa, Dubai and the Gulf Cooperation Council region.

Infographic | Whole Planet Foundation and Partners Alleviating Poverty in the United States and Around the World Through Microcredit

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Every quarter Whole Planet Foundation aggregates field metrics from our microfinance partners who are disbursing and collecting microcredit loans to low-income entrepreneurs living in countries where Whole Foods Market sources products.

Duke Energy Progress Extends Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion to Financial Sector

$700 million debt offering marks the fourth D&I transaction by a Duke Energy franchise
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 20, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Duke Energy Progress, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has successfully closed a $700 million debt offering with the help of seven diverse and minority-owned financial firms.

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