As the world’s newest country, South Sudan continues to fight for political stability, leaving access to education as a lower priority. That’s one of the reasons why BRAC Africa Loan Fund is opening schools across South Sudan, in hopes of offering educational opportunities to children in the fledgling nation. And through community development investing, Praxis Mutual Funds® also is part of the effort – supporting BRAC’s efforts to give more children access to the magic of learning.
In one community with a BRAC-funded school, a primary-school student named Mary has been inspired to learn as much as possible and dreams of becoming a teacher. Before the school opened, Mary didn’t have access to education and spent most of her time looking after her younger siblings.
Her teacher, Ms. Mangel, works hard to ensure that the students and their families are devoted to education. At meetings with all of the children’s caretakers, she reports on the students’ academic progress and engages the children with fun, educational activities.
Praxis commits more than 1 percent of its funds to community development investing in partnership with Calvert Foundation, an impact-investing institution that helps people and communities around the world through community development financing.
For more stories about people who have benefitted from these investments, visit Praxis Community Development Investments. This story is originally from the Praxis community development investing map.
About Praxis Mutual Funds and Everence®
Praxis Mutual Funds is a leading faith-based, socially responsible family of mutual funds designed to help people and groups integrate their finances with their values. Praxis is the mutual fund family of Everence Financial, a comprehensive, faith-based financial services organization helping individuals, organizations and congregations. To learn more, visit praxismutualfunds.com and everence.com, or call (800) 348-7468.
Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education. To learn more, visit everence.com or call (800) 348-7468.
About Calvert Foundation
Calvert Foundation enables people to invest for social good. Through its flagship Community Investment Note®, more than 18,000 investors have channeled more than $1.4 billion in investments to hundreds of nonprofits and social enterprises worldwide. Investor dollars empower women, fund construction of affordable housing, provide loans to small-business owners, increase access to health care, and support fair trade and sustainable agriculture. To learn more, visit calvertfoundation.org.