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Women’s Economic Empowerment and Inclusive Business: Opportunities for Growth and Impact

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In 2017, the World Economic Forum reported that the global gender gap had widened for the first time.[1] This regression stands to hit women and girls at the Base of the Economic Pyramid (BoP) hardest, as many lack independent sources of income or decision making power for themselves and their families.

Microfinance Helping Micro, Small and Agro-businesses Grow in Kazakhstan

Flexible lending conditions and mobile loan eligibility assessment app making small loans possible for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan, particularly in rural areas
Press Release

ALMATY, Kazakhstan, October 31, 2018 /3BL Media/ – KMF, a Kazakhstan-based microfinance organization, joins Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to expand access to financial products and services for 40,000 new micro-, small- and agrobusiness customers across Kazakhstan by the end of 2018. KMF also commits to ensuring at least half of its new clients will be women, and will actively engage potential clients from rural areas.  

You Don’t Have to Wait to Be Successful: How Astellas Supported my Professional Growth as a Working Mother

Heidi McCabe, Professional Sales Representative at Astellas
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After being out of the workforce for a decade to raise my five children, I re-joined the professional world at Astellas as a Professional Sales Representative. Worried that I had been out of the workplace rhythm too long, I was consumed with self-doubt about my professional performance capabilities. I felt guilt that my re-entry into the professional world would take time and attention away from my family. I was confident that I had mastered the mom role, but I was apprehensive about how my skills of running a busy household would translate to a professional job.

Merck Commits to Disability Inclusion, Joining ILO Global Business and Disability Network

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We are honored to join the ILO Global Business and Disability Network. Ensuring Merck is a place where everyone of all abilities can thrive and develop is a top priority for us. We’re proud to join this wonderful organization.

Click here to learn more about Diversity at Merck.

Transforming Inner-City Youth — Mind, Body, and Food Literacy

For years, Success Through Self Academy has mentored and enriched the lives of inner-city children. Now the nonprofit looks to harness the transformative power of nutrition.
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At the peak of his teen rebellion in high school, De’shawn Woolridge left home and lived out of his car for a while, until his life was transformed with the help of a nonprofit agency and its after-school programs.

Duke Energy Named One of the World’s Best Employers by Forbes

Company’s comprehensive benefits and inclusive culture set the company apart
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy has been named to Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of the World’s Best Employers. Duke Energy is one of only nine electric utilities in the U.S. to make the list.  

The ranking is based on Forbes’ 2018 Global 2000 rankings, which included publicly traded companies from 60 countries. Employees were asked to rate their own employer and the likelihood they would recommend the company to a friend or family member.

Company performance highlights include:

How Two Women Fought to Save Their Former Home

When Parkway Overlook Apartments closed in 2008, its residents were forced to relocate. Ten years later, the apartments will be redeveloped, thanks to the city, Wells Fargo, and two former residents willing to fight for the community they loved.
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Rufaro Jenkins still fondly remembers celebrating her daughter’s first birthday at her home at Parkway Overlook Apartments in Washington, D.C. — along with the birthdays, proms, and graduations of the other kids who lived there. She and other residents were forced to relocate when poor living conditions and failed inspections closed the buildings in 2008. Even so, Jenkins and others have fought for the last 10 years to bring the apartment community back to life — and keep it affordable.

The Path to Affordable Homeownership

Find out how a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., is revitalizing local neighborhoods and saving residents from displacement, thanks to support from Wells Fargo.
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In Washington, D.C., available real estate is a rare commodity, and this is especially true in areas east of the Anacostia River. Wards 7 and 8 are considered “the last real estate to develop,” said Bill Winston, chief performance officer of MANNA, Inc., a local nonprofit developer of quality, affordable housing in Washington, D.C. As a result, the area has become more desirable to for-profit developers — and a big concern for the residents living there, he said.

New Survey Shows Deep Concern About Affordable Housing

Publication from Wells Fargo and Governing Institute includes policy ideas from government officials
Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, October 25, 2018 /3BL Media/ — More than 40 percent of government officials say the lack of affordable homeownership is a national crisis, and 33 percent called affordability a serious challenge, according to a new survey from Wells Fargo and the Governing Institute.

Arrow Electronics Expands Opportunities for Disabled at 2018 No Barriers Summit

Arrow SAM Car Driver Sam Schmidt Delivered Event’s Keynote Address
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Arrow Electronics sponsored the 2018 No Barriers Summit in New York City, a two-day event that unites people from all walks of life and inspires them to reach their full potential.

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