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One Economy and Partners Unveil First-of-Its-Kind Community Portal Website in Brazil

Website Connects Brazil Residents to Online Tools to Enter Economic Mainstream

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, April 16, 2012 - Community and corporate leaders and residents joined One Economy and Cisco for a special premiere of the Brazilian Beehive, a website that will connect low-income residents to online content and tools that allow them improve their lives and enter the economic mainstream. The Brazilian Beehive, the first joint initiative of One Economy and Cisco in South America, provides information on jobs, finances, health care, education, civil rights, and other issues pertinent to all residents of Brazil.

With funding from Cisco, One Economy facilitated an extensive community engagement process in developing the local content for the Brazilian Beehive. Organizations such as ATN, Oxygenio, UFRJ (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) and Faculdades Veris were instrumental in suggesting content for the Brazilian Beehive that addressed issues unique to the country, such as government welfare programs and local employment issues. The website will continue to be maintained by One Global Economy employees with support from local NGOs and university interns.

"We have been encouraged by the strong commitment and support of Brazil in bringing broadband opportunities to its residents regardless of income", said Moustafa Mourad, president of One Economy's international subsidiary, One Global Economy. "Community support and leadership are essential to promoting innovation that leads to economic development."  

CONTACT:  ONE GLOBAL ECONOMY is a global non-profit organization that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people. More than 7 million people around the globe have used One Global Economy's online tools and resources. Learn more at http://www.one-economy.com/global-initiatives/.To date, One Global Economy has launched on-the-ground programs in, Africa, Europe, Mexico, South America, Asia and the Middle East.

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