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João Pedro Thompson: Financial Access and Literacy for Brazilian GenZ

João Pedro Thompson: Financial Access and Literacy for Brazilian GenZ
João: GenZ represents one-third of the Brazilian population, and is the first digitally native generation. However, most GenZers don't have access to financial services or a bank account and are cash-based. They’re also much more independent financially than previous generations, yet don’t know anything about personal finances. Z1 initiates Gen Z on their financial journey with an independent account linked to a card where they can send, receive, and spend money while learning about financial literacy.

Laís Naoko Higashi: Lighting Up Brazil’s Vulnerable Communities

Laís Naoko Higashi: Lighting Up Brazil’s Vulnerable Communities
Laís: Did you know that one billion people live without electricity in the world, and in Brazil, there are two million people in this situation? Working in all five regions of the country, Litro de Luz Brasil brings solar lighting to communities that don’t have adequate access to energy. We provide solar street lights, solar hand lights, and solar internal lights, composed of simple materials such as plastic bottles and PVC pipes. We also provide solar panels, batteries, and LEDs. We also teach the residents how to build and maintain the technology. Our mission is to improve people's quality of life through sustainable lighting solutions and empower transformation agents.