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Local well changes Emilia's life

Oecusse – Emilia Taninas smiles as she watches a small crowd of people peer into a large, 12-meter hole in front of her house. A plastic bucket is pulled up from the darkness on the end of a piece of rope and clean, clear water spills from the sides. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e) This well, installemore


Micro-finance helps bake Maliana’s daily bread

Maliana – Delfina Fatima has been running her bakery in Maliana for a year. But the $500 loan she received a few months ago from one of Timor-Leste’s microfinance institutions, Tuba Rai Metin, has made a huge difference to her business. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e) “I’m now producing a lot more bremore


New micro-insurance protects women’s livelihoods

Dili – 2013 is dawning a little more secure for 9,000 women across Timor-Leste, who are starting the year with life insurance on their small businesses. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e) Life insurance may be considered routine in other parts of the world. But for some of the clients of Timorese microfimore


Small enterprises offer creative twist on traditional products

Dili – Fisherman Mariano da Cruz stands amongst a vibrant crowd of entrepreneurs in Dili Convention Centre. “People keep asking us for more seaweed sweets, but we have totally run out,” he says with a smile. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e) It’s another hot day in Dili and at a forum, set up in March 2more


Timorese youth tackle waste and unemployment, one bottle at a time

Timor-Leste is a tiny country with a huge trash problem. Water is not potable -- as a result, plastic bottles of all sizes can be found everywhere, marring the country’s natural beauty and creating hazardous health and environmental conditions. The problem is especially glaring in the capital city omore

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