International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Did you know October 17th is the United Nations’ Day for the Eradication of Poverty? It was established in 1993 as a way to promote awareness in the battle to overcome worldwide poverty and destitution. Poverty eradication is part of their core Millennium Development Goals and part of the Sustainable Development Goals initiative.

Small business ownership is a field equalizer in the eradication of poverty. It allows people from all walks of life to use their gifts and establish a sustainable income from it. By investing time, energy, and skills into a rewarding business venture, the entrepreneur can find a place in the world.

These business owners can then open the door to gainful employment for others. This dynamic becomes a self-sustaining machine of support and provides hope.

Today is the day to celebrate overcoming difficulty while giving back to the community in a way that can affect lives and health of those in need.

Did you know that 1 in 8 Coloradans (12.1%) struggle with hunger? A 2016 survey by KIDS COUNT states that 1 in 5 Colorado kids (19%) may not always know when or where they’ll get their next meal.

This year’s theme is Overcoming Extreme Poverty. There are multiple events being held all over the country, but on this very important day, why not see what you can do to help your community? Go to feedingamerica.org (link: http://www.feedingamerica.org/need-help-find-food/) to find a local food bank. You can hold a local food drive or contact them for ways your business can help.

Many community food banks have fantastic services and food distribution programs that can help. Get involved. Volunteer your time and be the change you want to see in the world around you.

How will you help raise awareness for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty? What have you overcome to succeed in life?

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