Where there's hope, there's resilience.
The past few months have been a test of our spirit and endurance. It’s been hard and it’s fair to say there’ll be tough times yet. But through the gloom, there’s hope. And where there’s hope, there’s resilience.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our societies and economies, and there remains a lot of uncertainty around how our lives will be impacted in the months and possibly years ahead. But in recognizing this uncertainty and that our spheres of control might be limited right now, there is an opportunity for us to pause, reflect and reset — and then keep moving forward.
Athletes struck down by injury take their time to rest and recuperate while developing other strengths — even trying another sport. They invest in themselves so on their first race back, when the starting gun is fired, they can be first out of the blocks.
In the world of business — and within the payments technology industry specifically — our strength lies in a similar approach. Diversified business models keep us strong. Broad and deep insights keep us agile. And the ability to pivot keeps us in the game. So that’s where we’re focusing this month on the Mastercard Newsroom: on the evidence of resilience, avenues of hope, signs that people and businesses, partnerships and capabilities are finding a way forward.
Through human stories, podcasts, photo essays and videos, we explore how digital tools are empowering people to be agents of their financial futures, and how financial education initiatives are driving the next era of inclusion among the often-forgotten parts of society.
We’ll also check in with the next generation of innovators — those who are transforming challenges into opportunities to create more inclusive communities and empower entrepreneurs across the world. They embody our Force for Good ethos within our industry and beyond.
Elsewhere, we’ll show how businesses large and small can bounce back when beset by tragedy through powerful partnerships and innovative technology, and consider how India’s fast-tracked transformation into a digital economy is being felt inside its borders and across the world.
Together, these stories paint a picture of possibilities: those of a brighter, more equal, more sustainable future for everyone. They give us hope that we’ll make it through this era of uncertainty yet. Battered and bruised, perhaps, but stronger and more in control of our financial destinies than we ever were before.
Latin America has one of the highest rates of early-stage entrepreneurship for women in the world. The LEADS Mujer program helps female business owners get to the next level.
When COVID-19 forced many in the U.K. to self-isolate, thousands of people volunteered to help keep them fed and healthy. The Royal Voluntary Service had to find a way to instill trust between virtual strangers.
To reach the neediest during the pandemic, Mastercard employees in Nairobi turned to Kasha, an e-commerce company for women.
Knowledge of financial tools can help people make the leap across the economic divide. Master Your Card brings free public financial education to students, adults and small businesses.
‘You can’t live the dream if you don’t speak the language,” says Tanya Van Court, whose Goalsetter app brings financial literacy to children, particularly children of color.
By making it easy and safe to connect people to the causes they care deeply about, technology becomes a force multiplier for social good.
In Sweden, where older adults are being left out of the cashless revolution, Mastercard employees are helping them embrace digital payments and online commerce.
Small business owners, particularly women, often have limited access to support, but mentorships can help them navigate these challenging times.
In March, a team of Mastercard employees embarked on a fundraising mission to Africa’s tallest peak. They left with a new appreciation of the power of determination, kindness and connection.
Your morning cup of coffee depends on smallholder farmers. A partnership in Mexico and Colombia is bringing them the digital tools and financial training to sustain their business for future generations.
As circumstances continue to rapidly evolve, fast and reliable data is more meaningful than ever.
During a crisis, a sense of both empathy and urgency is plentiful - and can propel ideas with real impact.
The COVID-19 reset is an opportunity to reinvent how we serve our customers and communities, rethink how we work, reimagine our role, and our business models.
The Angeleno Campaign has distributed $25 million in assistance since the start of the pandemic. Now the program is scaling to eight cities and two states nationwide.
By thinking 'inside the screen', the Priceless team has been able to curate virtual experiences on a global scale, from golfing to cooking to a special event with Camilla Cabello.
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