A helping hand: Ricoh

Every child deserves a fair chance, and Christchurch businesswoman Lisa Mead is helping many of them achieve it.

Founder of accounting and business advisory firm Social Currency, Lisa is investing in the next generation through a business model that donates 10 percent of all sales to help at-risk youth in Aotearoa. A chartered accountant, Lisa has helped raise almost $100,000 for charitable groups. She knows from personal experience, as a single mum to son Dakota, the socio-economic factors that come with social stigmas, risk factors and stereotypes. In addition to business and accounting, she studied psychology and sociology, learning the impact the mind and social factors have on individuals.

Now she uses her knowledge to inspire young people to dream, to realise success, and in their everyday decision-making processes.

“Social Currency exists to support young people, particularly those who are vulnerable by birth or circumstance to be empowered and changed through time with mentors and positive role models.

“The end goal is to break the inter-generational cycle that these statistics and risk factors contribute to.

Resilient kids need positive thinking and a strong mindset for future success.

“Together we make this a reality.”

To put it simply, in the words of her son, Social Currency exists “to help kids have a better future”.


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