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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Socially Responsible Investing by Ken Little

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Chapter 8
Community Investment Issues
In This Chapter
♦ Community investment focuses on poverty issues through investing in local neighborhoods
♦ Community banks and credit unions provide financial services in underserved areas
♦ Programs fund low-income housing and small businesses in targeted neighborhoods
♦ Microloans fund very small businesses in the United States and women in foreign countries
Poverty is a growth industry around the world. The income gap between the rich and poor is a serious problem that is only getting worse. Poverty contributes a number of other social problems, such as school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and crime.
Community investment is a broad term that describes one of the major components of socially responsible ...

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