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Women-owned businesses around the world continue to face barriers despite being pivotal drivers of sustainable economic growth. Through Moody’s Reshape Tomorrow™ program, we are helping women business owners gain better access to capital and markets, scale their enterprises, and promote greater prosperity and opportunity at every level of the market.
Moody’s and WEConnect International’s “Financing Your Growing Business” program supports women business owners through interactive boot camps and online training modules that focus on credit training and accessing markets and capital.
As part of our Moody’s $1 million commitment over the next five years to promote equal justice, The Moody’s Foundation aims to support the growth of more than 200 Black entrepreneurs across the U.S. by the end of 2021 through our $100,000 commitment to Village Capital’s Resource program. In EMEA, we have committed $100,000 to Echoing Green to help Black-led enterprises scale their businesses. Members of Moody’s Black Inclusion Group will provide expertise and consulting to both programs.
We partnered with Village Capital to launch an investment readiness program in Latin America. “Finance Forward Latin America 2020” supported entrepreneurs who are building tech-enabled solutions to challenges in financial health, economic mobility, and community resilience through tailored engagements with financial institutions and experts in fintech.
Together with Girls Inc. we created Generation Giga Girl (G3), the first-ever data analytics program for girls from low-income communities. The program addresses the gaps in STEM related to gender and racial and ethnic underrepresented groups.
Our annual Queer Coders program with Hetrick-Martin Institute helps LGBTQ+ youth, aged 18–24, to develop coding skills, through guidance, mentorship and supportive services. In 2020, 19 LGTBQ+ youth took part in our virtual Queer Coders program.