Posts Tagged ‘better’

The Golden Money List: Hundreds of Tips for Turning Your Financial Life Around

July 9, 2008

Ever since I got out of debt, I haven’t written much about personal finances, simply because it’s not one of the main focuses in my life. Still, I’ve written a lot about finances in the past — frugality, debt reduction, budgeting, and more — and I think there are a lot of useful articles that newer readers might have missed.

I’ve learned a lot about personal finances in recent years, and I hope my lessons will prove valuable to you, or at least stir up some thoughts that help you in your journey.

I’m not a financial expert, of course, and all of this is simply from my personal experience, with my odd personal take on finances — don’t get into debt, be frugal, eschew credit cards. Please, please don’t start the old credit card arguments again — we’ve gone over them many times on this blog.

So here it is — a list of the best money articles on Zen Habits, as a resource for anyone trying to live more frugally, get out of debt, save money, or simply create a better financial system in their lives. Bookmark it for future reference if you like. Enjoy! (more…)

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Africans Living Better Lives Through U.S. Development Foundation

June 9, 2008

Washington — Women, youth and the disabled in 18 African nations are living better lives and realizing their dreams of economic self-sufficiency, while also strengthening their countries’ economies, with the help of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF).

USADF President Lloyd Pierson told America.gov recently that the ideas for the foundation’s small and medium-size enterprise development projects come directly from the Africans themselves.

“We don’t go in and say, ‘Here is what you should be doing.’ We want those ideas to come from the local community — for Africans to say, ‘Here is what we want to do.’ Suggestions,” he said, “could come from an entrepreneur within that community” or from a group. It is grassroots, rural-focused development at the community level, he said.

USADF has local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working as business development officers to help it carry out its development programs, Pierson noted.

“They search out for opportunities and are constantly seeking ways to build up from the grassroots level to spur economic growth and development,” he explained.

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