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.
Jan 28, 2013

Mata no Peito Announces New Partner Sustain:Green

We are excited to announce Sustain:Green as the newest corporate partner in the Mata no Peito initiative! Sustain:Green kicked-off the partnership by retiring Nike carbon offsets to benefit Mata no Peito to neutralize the carbon footprint of the 2013 Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball, a traditional bi-partisan celebration of the environmental community to welcome a new Administration and demonstrate support for a more sustainable future. The Ball was hosted by The Climate Institute, the Clinton Climate Initiative, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, the Clean Fuels Foundation and Winrock’s American Carbon Registry.

Sustain:Green will soon launch a range of credit, debit and payroll cards that will offset for all purchases made with the cards through retirement of Nike offsets on the American Carbon Registry. Through this innovative Mata no Peito partnership, not only will Sustain:Green cardholders reduce their carbon footprint as they make everyday purchases, but they will also be helping to fund investments in projects that protect and replant forests throughout Brazil. Sustain:Green will also be teaming up with leading musicians to help promote this initiative. Sign up now to be one of the first to get the Sustain:Green card at www.sustaingreen.com.  For more information, please contact Arthur Newman at anewman@sustaingreen.com and 917-842-1139.

On behalf of Nike and other partners in the Mata no Peito Initiative, we thank individual and corporate donors for their continued generous support. To date we have raised over $35,000 from individuals and corporations, who via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints have removed more than 7,750 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere – the equivalent of taking 1,600 cars off the road for a year! 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.

Nov 26, 2012

Mistletoe Market Showcases Small Businesses

AWBC Mistletoe Market vendor makes sale
AWBC Mistletoe Market vendor makes sale

This month the Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) held its second annual Mistletoe Market in El Dorado, Ark. The market provided 50 small businesses an opportunity to sell their holiday-oriented products to the public. This year the event also featured Miss Arkansas Sloane Roberts and a fashion show. The market was attended by nearly 900 customers. 

The AWBC continues to provide training and technical assistance to women entrepreneurs who are interested in starting or expanding their businesses. The AWBC has partnered with five organizations in the Delta to implement Operation Jump Start, an award-winning comprehensive business development training program. Locations included: South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, Houseaboutit in Little Rock, Black River Technical College in Paragould and Pocahontas, and University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension in Ash Flats. Participants will work for six weeks evaluating the feasibility of their business ideas. Graduates have an opportunity to compete for seed capital to start their businesses.  

We appreciate your continued support to make dreams of business ownership a reality for women in Arkansas. 

Oct 30, 2012

Mata no Peito update: All eyes on Brazil!

On behalf of Nike, Winrock and other partners in the Mata no Peito Initiative, we thank individual and corporate donors for their generous support, including software development company iObit, which contributed through its Corporate Social Responsibility campaign donating 10% of its profits to selected projects, including Mata no Peito. To date we have raised almost $35,000 from individuals and corporations, who via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints have removed more than 7,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere - the equivalent of taking 1,500 cars off the road for a year! 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 has secured an agreement with one new Mata no Peito coalition partner, with the exciting announcement expected by early 2013. And as eyes turn to Brazil as the host of the approaching 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic games, Nike continues discussions with several target coalition corporations to obtain formal commitments to launch the initiative, which aims to demonstrate the strength of joint actions to tackle deforestation by investing in selected innovative forestry projects that demonstrate scalability, economic sustainability, community engagement and enhanced livelihoods.

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