Winrock International

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
May 1, 2012

Mata no Peito update

On behalf of Nike, Winrock and other partners in the Mata no Peito Initiative, we thank individual and corporate donors for their generous support. To date we have raised almost $11,000 from 158 individuals, who via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints have removed more than 2150 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere – the equivalent of taking 450 cars off the road for a year!

Mata no Peito has also raised $26,000 in corporate commitments for the coalition initiative, the latest from Renault-Nissan to offset emissions related to the production of the Hub Pavilion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. All funds will be pooled with other corporate and individual partner donations to the Mata no Peito Fund, which will provide funding to projects that protect and replant forests in Brazil - improving livelihoods within forest-based communities.

Nike is working to form a Mata no Peito partner coalition to demonstrate the strength of joint actions to tackle deforestation. As such, Nike has continued its discussions from late last year with several high-profile corporations in Brazil and is speaking with a dozen additional potential corporate launch partners including member companies of the Corporate EcoForum who have an interest in collaboration on forestry projects.

In addition, the Mata no Peito team has identified and screened half a dozen innovative forestry projects in the Amazon, Atlantic Forest and cerrado regions of Brazil that meet investment requirements of scalability, sustainability and community engagement. We are eager to confirm coalition partners and launch the Mata no Peito fund with investments on the ground.

Mar 28, 2012

Arkansas Women's Business Center Opens Doors

Products of AWBC Client--Humble Goat
Products of AWBC Client--Humble Goat

The Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) assists Arkansas-based emerging and established women entrepreneurs, a representative number of them socially and economically disadvantaged. Since its inception in April 2011, the AWBC has seen a flurry of activity. The AWBC staff has:

• counseled 57 clients for a total of 440 hours;
• connected two clients to programs that are creating new websites for their businesses;
• connected one client to a program that created and produced 250 brochures;
• assisted clients with the development of comprehensive business plans, and
helped five new businesses open their doors.

In addition, the AWBC and South Arkansas Community College’s Continuing Education Division partnered together to offer OperationJump Start, an award-winning comprehensive business development training program in El Dorado that began February 20, 2012. There are currently 10 participants in the program with business ideas ranging from producing jams and jellies to starting an indoor shooting range.

The AWBC also has facilitated a number of community projects designed to spur the creation and expansion of small businesses. Examples include:

Mistletoe Market. In November, the AWBC in partnership with South Arkansas Community College Community Education hosted the 1st Annual Mistletoe Market. The market brought together 48 small businesses that showcased their products to sell to the public. The market was successful with over 800 people in attendance.

“Gone in 60 Seconds” Elevator Pitch Competition. The competition is a networking event open to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to pitch their brightest ideas to local investors and business leaders. This event will be held in El Dorado, Ark. at the Rialto Theater on April 19, 2012.

Children's Corner at AWBC Mistletoe Market


Jan 31, 2012

Progress Report

AWBC helps new business start up.
AWBC helps new business start up.

The Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) assists Arkansas-based nascent and established women entrepreneurs, a representative number of them socially and economically disadvantaged. Since the opening of the center in late April 2011, the center has assisted 40 businesses through one-on-one business counseling and educated 55 participants in start-up basics, marketing, online selling, and web design. 

One of the AWBC’s start-up business success stories is Simon Says Consignment Shop. Simon Says sells high quality children’s clothes in its new retail space on the town square in El Dorado, Ark. The AWBC assisted the business in the development of a viable business plan and with the identification of much needed financial resources. The AWBC is eager to continue its support to women entrepreneurs and share more success stories in the future. Thanks for your support.


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