I have an MA in Environmental Studies. I wrote my masters thesis on how to use financial services to empower people out of poverty and, as they do so, take action on environmental issues. For 7 seven years my bicycle was my only means of transportation; I have solar panels on the roof of my condo and even a rain barrel...In short, you'd think I'd be the least likely of people to struggle with making a choice between the 'green' and 'gray' options. Alas, it's not so simple.
Friday, March 23, 2012
"What," you might be wondering, "does Capital Good Fund, an organization that provides financial services for the poor, have to do with education?" Well, we're glad you asked! The TECH (Technology, Education & Community for Holistic-schools) Project brings together parents, teachers, students, and other stakeholders to foster vibrant school communities with the dual intention of increasing educational outcomes and lowering rates of poverty.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Capital Good Fund (CGF) and Broadband Rhode Island (BBRI) recently signed a contract to pilot an innovative program through which we partner with underperforming elementary and middle schools to provide the parents with the following services: loans for computers and Internet service, digital literacy training and financial coaching.
The Head Loan Officer will be tasked with closing at least 250 loans during the year of his or her service, while also maintaining a high repayment rate. Accomplishing this will require an ability to become deeply embedded in the communities that CGF serves.