“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” – Coretta Scott King
A project that’s been decades in the making is finally swinging into its infancy. Inspired by Martin Luther King, In Her Hands plans to provide Black women in Georgia recurring monthly payments to help fund sustainability for the community.
It states on their website, “This $13 million initiative, powered by a partnership with the GRO Fund and GiveDirectly, is already one of the largest guaranteed income programs in the South, a region where women of color face significant structural barriers to economic security and wealth-building.”
Over 50 years ago, Dr. #MLK Jr. preached about #guaranteedincome. Today, @theGROfund is excited to announce that we’re teaming up with @GiveDirectly to launch In Her Hands, a $13M+ GI program across Georgia — starting in Dr. King’s childhood neighborhood, Atlanta’s Old 4th Ward. pic.twitter.com/y4KzakmmU2
— Georgia Resilience & Opportunity Fund (@theGROfund) December 8, 2021
“When fully funded, In Her Hands will provide an average of $850 per month for 24 months to 650 women across three project sites across Georgia. Participants will receive recurring monthly payments, with some recipients also receiving a lump sum payment up front.”
The first site is ready for launch in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward, where Martin Luther King grew up and once pleaded a need for equality, and guaranteed income. Once Old Fourth Ward is up and running successfully, two additional sites will be installed in Southwest Georgia and the Metro Atlanta suburbs.
Their inspiring mission can be broken down into two major objectives to tackle the racial and gender wealth gap. Firstly by simply supporting the Black women who face economic insecurity, and then generating easily accessible programs to help out. This touching project will certainly help out a lot of ATL families who are facing financial difficulty, whilst making one of Martin Luther King’s dreams a reality. For more information, visit their website.