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
The neighborhood hangout. It’s where you go to catch up with friends, celebrate, debate, learn and even vent. No matter the backdrop – a church, community center, restaurant or shop – it’s always a hotspot of activity.
An emerging gathering spot in some Indian villages is the Splash Bar, a kiosk where a vendor dispenses ice cold Coca-Cola from a simple, durable machine into small cups at an affordable price.
What draws people to a Splash Bar is not
Modular EKOCENTER kiosks help empower communities by providing access to basic goods and services through social enterprise model
Goal is to open 177 EKOCENTERs in 10 countries by end of 2016, serving a potential population of approx. 1 million
Coca-Cola marked a major milestone recently with the opening of its 100th EKOCENTER worldwide in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Since launching the social enterprise program in 2013, Coca-Cola has placed EKOCENTERs
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
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
In 2010, The Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) were established to offer businesses guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of a collaboration between UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact. Nearly 1,200 CEOs and leaders of private sector businesses around the world have signed the Principles, joining the movement to achieve equality between men and women.
To further embrace the
Today, research from the United Nations to the World Economic Forum shows that empowering women is critical to growing economies, creating jobs and advancing inclusive prosperity for all. It’s a 21st century must-do.
That’s good news for everyone – men and women. Why? Making women full economic partners, according to McKinsey, can raise global GDP by $12 trillion. Moreover, in writing the book that I co-authored, FAST FORWARD: HOW WOMEN CAN
It was late afternoon when I arrived at my usual coffee shop. Tea in one hand, laptop in the other, I quickly settled into my seat. I couldn’t wait to meet with Mariama to discuss Memunatu, a classroom magazine we created to empower teenage girls in West Africa. The first item on our agenda: review the new reader submissions to the editorial staff.
With a deep breath, I pulled open my laptop and clicked on the editorial file. Quotes filled
March 8th was International Women’s Day, and I was honored to represent The Coca-Cola Company at an event focused on gender equality. It was a day I had looked forward to for weeks because not only was I getting to take part in the Closing Bell ceremony at the NASDAQ, but I also was one part of a much bigger movement highlighting an issue I care about deeply.
The NASDAQ and partners UN Women, the UN Global Compact, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges
“I make kenkey [maize dough] for a living,” explains Rita,
the animated young woman standing before me. “I used to buy just five bowls of
maize flour at a time. After learning about the importance of customer
relations, I’ve become more polite to those who visit my shop. I always thank
them for their business, and I provide a little extra kenkey as a bonus if they
buy large quantities. As a result, customers have become loyal to me. I’m now