Coming from Angola, Isabel dos Santos has climbed up the ladder to become Africa’s richest woman. She is the former daughter of Angola’s former president and has gone on to do wonderful things in her community and in business as well. Isabel dos Santos is the current Chairwoman of Unitel, an Angola communications company making waves in Africa. She is also an advocate for women’s right and the modernization of Africa through technology.
Isabel went to the African Summit in Brussels in order to discuss how to improve relationships between the European Union and African Nations. She stresses the need for improvements to the economy through diversification. This would include improvements to most sectors of structure including agriculture and banking. In terms of agriculture, new tools and implements that could make activities easier will be of great advantage. Increased productivity will reduce lack of food, reduce the price and create of a lesser cost of production. The economy will greatly benefit from this.
Another point of development is banking, Isabel dos Santos reckons that Africa will soon embrace a fully digital form of banking which will increase the number of individual bank accounts in the continent. The digital structure will lay the foundation for e-commerce platforms, at a point Africans will forsake traditional trade for online shopping (IsabeldosSantos).
According to Isabel dos Santos, this growth should be coupled with higher quality education to foster talented graduates. Also, the improvement of a the legal structure will highly increase prospects of future investments. This will bring in jobs and keep the talented pool of graduates. Another point Isabel dos Santos raised, was the population growth and the need for newer smaller cities. If not, it could be more efficient to create better transport systems that would decrease congestions in megacities. Her company is currently in partnership with google to set optic cables from Africa to Brazil.
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Stream Energy is showing how much it truly cares. The Dallas-based energy supplier has witnessed one of the biggest disasters right on its doorstep. Hurricane Harvey caused widespread destruction in Texas, and in response, Stream Energy set up its own charitable wing of the company. Stream Cares has been created to deal with the company’s philanthropic work.
While Stream Cares had been giving generously for over a decade, it marks the formal beginning of the charitable side of the organization. Stream Energy has worked in the past with global charity organizations. It has helped with projects with the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity. Its latest partnership is with a more local charity. Hope Supply Co focuses its efforts on homeless children. Homelessness is a huge problem in Dallas, and the effect it has on children is sometimes overlooked. Hope Supply Co supplies schoolbooks, clothes, food and even diapers.
Stream Cares recently organized a day out for some of those children. Stream Cares employees took the group to a water park. It was the first time many of the kids had experienced something like it. It was also a chance for the employees to show how much they care. It is sometimes easy for companies to just write a check for charities, but Stream Energy employees wanted to help out with their time.
It was not the only event Stream Energy has organized for children and their families. A lunch was hosted for veterans and their families, and a recent event gave ten daughters of veterans the chance to take part in the American Girl Doll Experience. Stream Energy paid fully for both events. The company will continue to look for ways to give back to the communities that it serves. It is all part of its larger commitment to make charity work one of the main things that it is known for.