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Thread: FinancialServices Access
This has been a persistent subject as a market opportunity since I started at @MasterCard in 2001. Then @Citi & @AmericanExpress. Legacy financial services & #payments #technology were simply insufficient to service those markets economically.
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Recently, companies like mPesa (Africa) showed that this can be done. Especially, in countries where you're building a completely new infrastructure, not relying on (or mandated to integrate with) legacy payment systems. Those carry onerous compliance & processing costs.
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With almost full smartphone saturation, some #fintech players like Simple, even @Square's Cash & @Paypal's @Venmo apps, are able to get to more people. Others like Green Dot prepaid & payday lenders go deeper into servicing this population, but at controversially high fees.
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Low-income Ohioans in these 26 counties are not required to work to receive food stamps. They are 97% white.

95% of Ohio's African-American families live outside of these counties, where they must work to receive food stamps. Read more in my latest paper: communitysolutions.com/research/recei…
The average unemployment rate in Ohio's eight largest cities is about 12%. Seven of them have unemployment rates higher than almost all 26 counties where work requirements for food stamps are waived. Read more in my latest paper communitysolutions.com/research/recei…

#SNAP #Food #Ohio #poverty
TLDR; OH's waiver of work reqs for food stamps at the county level implicitly favors rural white Ohioans, while minorities in cities w/ high unemployment and poverty are not granted such leniency.

OH's proposal to implement work reqs in #medicaid uses the same exemption criteria
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But now, onto my own personal summation of this all. The @Guardian, it is THE paper and site that gives most national (UK) and international (USA, Australia, the damned world) to coverage of issues like poverty, class. It has worldclass investigative #journalism. But.....
... but I admit to being more than fully cheesed off with the Guardian myself. I was a loyal funder, around 60 quid a month, I stopped completely, because the Guardian's new policies were so idiotic and off-putting, not to mention counter-productive.
But! ....
But, bluntly, the @Guardian still is THE major newspaper in the UK, the USA or Australia, to give a very wide range of opinion from the public, & to also give reasonably trustworthy investigative #journalism.
I refuse to contribute money, but it's still very much my first go-to.
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THREAD: Number of people in the U.K. in #poverty:

Working-age adults: 8.4 million

Children: 4.5 million

Pensioners: 1.4 million

Total: 14.2 million people
#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
Percentage (%) of people in #poverty in the U.K in 2016/17:

Children in poverty: 32.6%
Working adults in poverty: 21.5%
Pensioners in poverty: 11.4%

Total U.K. population in poverty: 22.0%
#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
Family status of people in #poverty in the U.K. circa 2016/17:

Single parent families: 2.6 million
Couples w/ children: 5.6 million
Single, no children: 3.1 million

#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
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This is such a good article about poverty.

I remember hitting that bittersweet spot where the food/rent assistance stopped and I was set back for "doing better".

But thankfully, I had made the huge sacrifices to go to college so things got better quickly
cracked.com/blog/the-4-typ…
However, if not for section 8 housing, I would never have been able to get out of poverty. One year while I was in college, I supported my daughter on 7k for the whole year. When I get my social security report occasionally, I look at that year and my mind is blown.
I never needed #TANF but #SNAP saved us every month. It was hard. I donated plasma to buy diapers. Or rather, I went in twice weekly and let them stick me 10+ times before telling me to drink more and come back in a couple days, they could never get my veins.
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Folks keep asking if they can help me financially with my medical bills.
I keep saying I don't want to do that until I must.
In this thread, folks argue that $100k isn't much of a salary.
Actually it's 8x the poverty level, which I live at.
Please give your money to poor people.
And again, I'm not asking for anyone's help right now as I know it's a one-off.
I am just speaking up for poor people who have no access.
Women are most likely to be living in #poverty in America.
And millions of us are in #medicalbankruptcy.
These are just things to remember.
The majority of minimum wage workers are women.
My investigation into who the actual working class and working poor are here.
damemagazine.com/2018/04/12/wom…
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1/I've said many times that I am poor because I am unemployed (except for my writing) and I am unemployed because I am disabled.

I am now officially rejecting that shit.

I am still disabled. I still am not employed.

#Disability #ChronicIllness #poverty
2/But the reason I am unemployed is because society has deemed me disposable. This isn't on me.

#disabled #DisabledPeopleMatter #PplWDisabilitiesMATTER
3/It's because society has decided the WANTS of the abled (specifically in my case, to use fragrance and decorate with balloons) are more important than my survival. This isn't on me.

#BanBalloonsInstead #fragrance #MCS #MCAS #allergy #asthma
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I find it incredible that there's sick and disabled people being driven to suicide by Govt (ideological) policies and their refusal to care about their effects which are rising #homelessness , #mentalillness #NHScrisis #lowwageeconomy rising numbers of children in #poverty
and yet while all these things and many more affect many thousands of people across the UK the news media of this country fail to inform and hold the policy makers to account, instead turning politics into some sort of irrelevant soap opera rather than the thing that affects
every single facet of everyone's lives. TBH most of those identifying themselves as journalists are literally that in name only as they do nothing more than cheer-lead for the worst Govt in my lifetime (and I lived thru Thatchers tenure)
meanwhile the rise of fascist ideals
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Welcome to #NATO 101. Lesson 1
"The mere lack of #military #power is, in itself, not enough to cause a nation to lose its position vis-à-vis other states. That only happens when the people lose their individual integrity and the country gradually loses its national #integrity...
#NATO 101, Lesson 2
"No-one wants to cooperate with a country that has lost its integrity. [Even when] other countries have dealt unreasonably... who would want to damage the amity extant between [us, just by] sticking up for a state that has no national #integrity to begin with?
#NATO 101, Lesson 3.
"Many countries haven’t lost their international #prestige merely because of #poverty and #weakness... natural #disaster and poor #geography are enough to make a country weak and poor, and that can move others to sympathy. But lack of #integrity?
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(1/11) When I say..."The people closest to the pain, should be the closest to the power, driving & informing the policymaking..." THIS is what I mean. (A) When I wanted to break cycles of #poverty by strengthening pathways to #graduation, preventing #dropout #MA7
(2/11) for expectant & #parenting #teens, (still the #1 reason girls drop out, even with unplanned pregnancies on the decline) I invited them to the table to share their stories, struggles & to inform the #BPS policy we developed to better support them.
(3/11) (B) When I wanted to better understand why we were seeing an increase in #bicyclist & motor vehicle collisions, I contacted @bostonbikeunion I invited them to share their stories & struggles, 4 hrgs later, we had a crash data report & the 1st sideguard ord. in the country
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Activists reporting graffiti depicting poverty on brink of #Iran‌'s calendar new year using a Farsi hashtag translated to "suffering"...
"We don't have money. Do you? #Ranj"
"Do you have money to buy new clothes? #Ranj"
...
More reason for #IranProtests for #RegimeChange.
#Iran‌
This poor man says:
“We’ve been selling oil for 150 yrs & this is our fridge”
Ridicules the regime’s slogans of “Death to America” & “Death to Israel.”
Ironically says “Death to the poor,” “Death to the workers,” “Hats off to the oppressor.”
More reason for #IranProtest.
March 13 - Kerman, central #Iran‌
This man is seen eating weeds...
Millions of people are living in utter poverty in a country sitting on oceans of oil & gas. The mullahs' regime is sending billions abroad to #Syria, #Yemen, #Lebanon, #Iraq & ...
More reason for #IranProtests.
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His name is Saeed. He's in 6th grade.
He made his own school backpack, out of what appears to be a rice sack...
All the while, #Iran's rulers are sending billions to #Lebanon, #Yemen, #Iraq & #Syria for Assad to bomb #EastGhouta.
More reason for #IranProtests & #RegimeChange.
Qazvin, NW #Iran
A disturbing image of a likely homeless man searching the trash for something to sell or even eat.
This is the result of Tehran's mullahs plundering this nation of its God-given wealth & propping #Syria's Assad to bomb #EastGhouta.
More reason for #IranProtests.
As #Iran's regime continues to send billions abroad to prolong its destructive meddling throughout the region, people back home are struggling in poverty.
This young woman in the metro cleans men's shoes, hoping maybe they will help out.
More reason for #IranProtests.
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Kermanshah, W #Iran
Behind the municipality building
Activist reports this is where a family lives...
#Poverty is the result of the mullahs' 40-year rule.
Another reason for #IranProtests.
#IranUprising will continue to change this...
Poor kids in #Iran's #Baluchistan, seen here searching in trash to find probably something to eat or sell...
This is the result of 40 years of mullahs' rule & the minority are especially deprived.
Another reason for #IranProtests.
#IranUprising will continue.
This says it all...
The very reason of widespread, utter poverty in #Iran, being the ruling mullahs, will also pass by such scenes, caring not an iota about the Iranian people.
More reason for #IranianProtests.
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Jan 27 - Karaj, W of Tehran, #Iran
Activist posts footage of a snowy field where a homeless individual is seen sleeping next to a fire in freezing cold temperatures.
This is Iran under the mullahs' rule, a country sitting on an ocean of oil & gas...
More reason for #IranUprising.
Jan 27 - Shoosh, SW #Iran
As the ruling regime spends billions in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen & Iraq, millions across Iran continue to live on the streets in utter poverty.
#IranUprising will continue to change this injustice.
#Iran after 40 years of mullahs' rule
Despite sitting on an ocean of oil & gas, millions of Iranians live in poverty & literally search the trash to find something to sell... or even eat.
#IranUprising will continue to change this injustice.
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As Iranian authorities are trying to terrify the public by saying we shouldn't become a 2nd #Syria, activists are posting this image of a young homeless child sleeping in the streets, next to an iconic image of the Syrian tragedy...
#Poverty
This is #Iran under the mullahs' rule.
Khaleej Fars Crossroad, #Tehran
This is #Iran under the mullahs' rule...
#Poverty... the result of nearly 40 years of destructive policies...
More reason for #IranProtests #IranUprising #تظاهرات_سراسرى
Drawing shows how #Iran wastes billions in foreign wars, while its own people are struggling in deep #poverty. This young man represents many who search trash canisters for food and/or something to sell...
This is Iran under the mullahs' rule...
More reason for #IranProtests
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Jan 18 - Karaj, W of #Tehran, #Iran
Activist says an old woman sleeps in the streets in the winter cold, with a small can begging bystanders for money.
This is Iran under the mullahs' rule, with an ocean of oil & gas...
More reason for #IranProtests #IranUprising #تظاهرات_سراسرى
Activist posting more images of homeless women, one begging bystanders to help her...
This is #Iran under the mullahs' rule, a country sitting on the world's 2nd largest natural gas & 4th largest crude oil reserves...
More reason for #IranProtests #IranUprising #تظاهرات_سراسرى
Activist posting more images of homeless people, even children, looking in trash canisters for probably something to eat or sell.
All the while, the ruling mullahs' enjoy wealth...
This is #Iran under the mullahs' rule.
More reason for #IranProtests #IranUprising #تظاهرات_سراسرى
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Poverty, resulting from the mullahs' destructive economic policies, is forcing the homeless to resort to such conditions, sleeping in carton boxes in #Tehran's parks...
This is #Iran under the mullahs' rule...
More reason for #IranProtests #IranUprising #تظاهرات_سراسرى
Tabriz, NW #Iran
Activists reporting how poverty is forcing the homeless, with their children, to sit in streets next to the snow in freezing cold winter temperatures...
This is Iran under the mullahs' rule...
More reason for #IranProtests #IranUprising #تظاهرات_سراسرى
Jan 18 - Karaj, W of #Tehran, #Iran
Activist says an old woman sleeps in the streets in the winter cold, with a small can begging bystanders for money.
This is Iran under the mullahs' rule, with an ocean of oil & gas...
More reason for #IranProtests #IranUprising #تظاهرات_سراسرى
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