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Kristi Eaton

25 August 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit is offering business services to entrepreneurs who want to bring their business online in the aftermath of the pandemic. Digital Detroit is the name of the program offering content creation and web...

Black Star News

Aallyah Wright

24 June 2020

Mississippi, United States

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Black businesses in Mississippi are receiving a financial boost from a nonprofit that seeks to level the playing field for rural African-Americans in the state who have historically been overlooked when it comes to fe...

Bangor Daily News

Ernie Clark

21 June 2020

Monson, Maine, United States

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A Portland-based foundation has revitalized a small town in Maine with the establishment of an arts colony, reconstruction of old buildings in downtown, and a full health center - a rarity for small towns. A declining...

Pioneers Post

Pedro Lira

19 June 2020

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Refugee women arriving in Brazil have been able to achieve financial independence through the work of an organization called Women of the Global South, an organization that provides women with the tools and skills to ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

14 May 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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ChiFresh Kitchen is a worker-owned cooperative that gives formerly incarcerated people an income, and a second chance, under a corporate structure that attacks high unemployment from the ground up. Formed as a caterin...

MIT Technology Review

Karen Hao

6 May 2020

China

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Online retailers in China launched rural live-streaming initiatives to aid farmers in selling their products directly to consumers. After traditional selling methods were halted due to the novel coronavirus, farmers n...

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Oscar Perry Abello

30 April 2020

United States

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CNote has provided a source of funding for federally certified Community Development Financial Institutions by pooling cash from foundations, bigger banks, philanthropists, and donor-advised funds to counter the lack ...

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Gregory Scruggs

15 April 2020

Syria

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A combination of agencies, charities, and business owners have been working toward the goal of rebuilding Syrian cities by focusing on souks, or markets, dating back centuries. Bringing the souks back to life was a re...

Fort Myers News-Press

Annabelle Tometich

31 March 2020

Fort Myers, Florida, United States

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Farms in Southwest Florida are facing a decline in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing restaurants and farmer's markets to close and social distancing to be mandated. To stay afloat, some farmers are "addin...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

24 February 2020

United States

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Black Girl Ventures levels the playing field for women of color who seek capital for their business ventures. Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their ideas at crowdfunded sessions, which means the funding varies depe...

Farm and Dairy

Sarah Donaldson

20 February 2020

Ohio, United States

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An urban sustainable food system project at the Ohio State University enabled 10 newly established farmers to start microfarms, which produce crops year-round, at only the cost of their time and labor. The individuals...

Pioneers Post

Nour Ibrahim

30 January 2020

Cairo, Egypt

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An initiative run by the UN Refugee Agency in Cairo called NilFurat teaches women in countries around the Nile and Furat rivers creative skills for them to make a living. The women learn skills like hand sewing, machi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

14 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Founded in Pittsburgh, Honeycomb Credit expands to Philadelphia as a way to offer small businesses help with microfinance challenges. The company hosts a platform that allows businesses to create fundraising profiles;...

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David Kidd

7 January 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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In 2016, the city of Rochester, NY partnered with Kiva—a crowd-funded microlender—to serve aspiring or established small-business owners. Their partnership offers interest-free loans, and already 20 of the loans have ...

Civil Eats

Stephanie Parker

7 January 2020

Wimbledon, North Dakota, United States

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Small, rural grocery stores around the country keep their doors open by using creative, cross-sector financing, recruiting local volunteers, and thinking outside the box as many residents move closer to urban areas. O...

Pioneers Post

Mathilda Mallinson

20 December 2019

Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Although Indonesia is making efforts to improve disability rights, progress is slow. In the meantime, a group called Economic Empowerment for Entrepreneurs with Disability (EEED) was formed in partnership with the Bri...

The New York Times

Johnny Magdaleno

27 November 2019

Salinas, California, United States

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Farm incubators provide aspiring farmers with training, land, and access to business networks. Across the United States, organizations like California’s Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) are worki...

The Guardian

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

9 October 2019

Purushwadi, Maharashtra, India

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A social enterprise based out of Mumbai, India helps connect urban dwellers with rural communities by creating tourism job opportunities for rural individuals, inviting people who live in the city to stay with and lea...

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Debbie Elliott

3 October 2019

Albany, Georgia, United States

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The New Communities Land Trust was created in the 1960s as a way to build power and equity for and among African Americans in Georgia. The Trust works with Black farmers on many different levels, including helping the...

Pioneers Post

Maria Eduarda Lannes

26 September 2019

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A collective for Brazilian women artisans named Rede Asta provides training, production networks, links to consumers, and an online market to empower them to make a livable income. The group is also environmentally-co...

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Monica Humphries

16 August 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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For young adults leaving prison in Atlanta, they have the opportunity to participate in Gangstas to Growers, a local nonprofit that provides job skills training and personal development. The program, created in 2016, ...

Things That Work Uganda

Christine Kabazira

2 August 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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Refugees in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement need a new source of income after relocating, so a program with NGO Mercy Corps has now given a number of farmers seeds for a cash crop: cotton. Farmers received a special modif...

Things That Work Uganda

Cynthia Rukundo

27 July 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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Menstrual hygiene can be a challenge especially in Bidibidi, one of the largest refugee settlements in the world. However, with the help of Catholic Relief Service (CARITAS), women are now being trained in how to make...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

19 June 2019

Fresno, California, United States

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A company called Bitwise in Fresno, California thinks beyond financial gain and factors social background and economic justice into their developer training programs. Bitwise offers a coding school as well as a custom...

Global Sisters Report

Patrick Egwu

30 May 2019

Benin City, Nigeria

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Nigeria’s Committee for the Support of Dignity of Women has helped hundreds of human trafficking victims with temporary shelter, economic aid, and reconciliation with their families. The faith-based program visits sch...

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