5by20

Strength in Sri Lanka: How Sulochana Segera is Empowering Women to Rebuild a Country

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Women in Management, Coca-Cola’s 5by20 partner in Sri Lanka, provides opportunities for women to gain confidence and know-how needed to help break into the business world. We talked to its founder, Sulochana Segera, about her own journey and the importance of empowering women in a culture that often leaves them hopeless. The same year that the Sri Lankan civil war ended, Sulochana Segera started bringing ailing and isolated women together in a country

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Coca-Cola Program in Spain Benefits Women Entrepreneurs, Boosts Employment Rates

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Women are valuable contributors to families and the economy in Spain, but have been hit hard by the country's high unemployment rates. Coca-Cola Spain’s "Project GIRA Women" aims to change that by helping female entrepreneurs build a better future. Since 2012, Coca-Cola has been working to boost employment in Spain through Project GIRA. Until now, the focus has been on youth – one of the groups most affected by the economic crisis – and

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My Sister Project Provides Professional Development and Training to Turkish Women

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“I discovered my inner world thanks to the My Sister Project. It turns out that there is another Hülya, and I found her. There was a world I kept in my palm, and this project helped me bring it in the open...” Hülya Türkaslan, 24, is one of the nearly 1,000 women who credit the “My Sister” project with changing the course of their lives. She became involved with the My Sister Project because she was having trouble setting herself on the right path

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Coca-Cola Makes Fortune’s ‘Change the World’ List for 5by20 Initiative

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With sustainability integrated into every aspect of its business, The Coca-Cola Company has long embraced the concept that doing good is good business. This year, Fortune magazine recognized Coca-Cola for this approach by including the company on its “Change the World” list. Coca-Cola ranked No. 11 on the list of 50 companies, earning recognition for its 5by20 program, which aims to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs

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3 Steps to Empowering Women in Global Value Chains

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Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Business Fights Poverty website as part of its Challenge on Women’s Economic Empowerment Challenge blog series. Global value chains can be a powerful lever for empowering women, but companies must identify where women work, must develop a clear gender strategy and must articulate the business case for supporting women. As the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment continues

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Adelante Movement and U.S. Small Business Administration Join Forces to Strengthen Latina-Owned Businesses

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The Adelante Movement, headed by Nely Galán, along with Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and member of President Obama's Cabinet, joined to sign a first-ever agreement to help start, maintain, strengthen and expand Latina-owned small businesses on June 13.  This historic partnership will focus on unifying the women of The Adelante Movement and a government agency that share the same mission:

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Reflects on 5by20 Visit to South Africa

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently traveled to the fast-growing community of Soweto, South Africa, where he met with two female entrepreneurs – Naomi Masilo and Bathini Tati – who have benefited from Coke’s 5by20 women’s economic empowerment initiative. We caught up with Mayor Reed to learn more about his visit: How would you compare the entrepreneurial spirit you saw in Soweto with the entrepreneurial spirit of the city of Atlanta? Atlanta is a city

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Do You Dare to Dream?

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Or are you comfortable in your space, accepting everything life is throwing at you? I dare you to think again. I dare you to be inspired by some extraordinary girls in Nigeria. First up, meet Abibat Mayowa Buhari. She is an 18-year-old mother in Lagos, Nigeria, who got pregnant at the age of 15. Her unexpected pregnancy and feelings of shame, coupled with financial difficulties her family was going through, led her to drop out of school and join

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The Road to 5 Million: Coca-Cola Empowers 1.2 Million Women Entrepreneurs

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The Coca-Cola Company has made strong progress toward its goal of enabling the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across its value chain by the year 2020, according to data released today. Thanks to growth in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, Coca-Cola’s global 5by20 initiative has reached more than 1.2 million women entrepreneurs across 60 countries since 2010. In 2015 alone, the initiative reached more than 372,000 women

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The Strength of Women: Meet Noko, a Mom, Aunt and Restaurant Owner

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My name is Noko Maganyele. I am 40 years old and I own a small growing business called Barolong African Food that sells hot meals and refreshments. We proudly serve Diepsloot, a busy community just north of Johannesburg. People keep coming back to my restaurant because of my mogodu. Mogodu is tripe, an African favourite. I am a mother to five beautiful children left to me by my sisters after their passing. I do not have any children of my own, but

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