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In Cambodia, solar panels bring light to rural homes

In Cambodia, rural households that are off the national grid must use generators to recharge car batteries to get electricity. But in Kampong Chhnang Province, residents are noticing steady improvement. In Por and Trabek villages, solar panels convert sunlight into electrical energy, which is channemore

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Chinese farmers plant seed for a chemical-free future

By Adam Pitt, third-place winner of UNDP's second annual storytelling contest Seventy-year-old Dang Jiuru dreamed of sending his grandson to university, but until recently his lifelong ambition seemed destined to remain unfulfilled. His apple orchard in Luochuan County, Shaanxi Province, simply did more

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In Egypt, adapted technology improves women's lives

Fatma Ibrahim, a poor mother of six, has been illiterate all her life. As a child, her hardworking parents made simple handicrafts and sold them to make ends meet. Like many girls growing up in Siwa, the largest oasis in Egypt’s western desert, Ibrahim was deprived of an education due to her family’more

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In El Salvador, paving the road for better opportunities

For decades, poor roads between the municipalities of the Balsam Mountain Range in El Salvador kept the place isolated, slowing economic potential of small villages such as San Antonio. Despite having an agricultural cooperative of over 700 manzanas (about 1200 acres), 40 percent of which are dedicamore

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In El Salvador, women leading the way in HIV/AIDS prevention

Talking about sexuality in El Salvador is taboo, especially in rural areas, where access to information and education is limited. Angélica Méndez, 33 years old, a resident of El Flor canton in Metapán in the north of the country, describes the situation with an example:  “A lady comes and says more

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Ethiopian families use cultural crafts to improve livelihoods

Genet Tesfaye is a young, married mother of one living in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa. A potter by trade, Genet has been contributing more and more to her family’s income through her craft. Ethiopia has a diverse and rich cultural heritage, and a joint UNDP-UNESCO project is taking advantmore

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In FYR Macedonia, supporting entrepreneurs to build new lives

As soon as she completed her dentistry studies, Arta Alija applied for as many jobs as she could at state clinics. But the 30-year-old from Tetovo, Macedonia, had no luck. Although the number of people enrolling in undergraduate and graduate programs has risen in recent years, the percentage of unemmore

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In Nicaragua, communities unite to build water pipelines

Until recently, the women of Venus, a small community in northeastern Nicaragua, spent a part of each day searching for and collecting drinking water. Despite being surrounded by rivers that spring from the Central America’s most important rainforest, the Bosawas Biosphere, the communities here had more

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In Niger, women living with HIV build businesses and fresh starts

The daily life of S.O.* resembles that of many other women in Niger. But this 46-year-old HIV-positive woman and mother of six has come a long way. In 2004, she discovered she was HIV positive. “It was as if the sky had fallen on my head,” she recounts, her voice full of emotion. “It was like a deatmore

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In Turkey, fashion creates jobs

For Fatma, divorced at the age of 19 and living at her parents’ house with two kids, life used to be difficult. “I loved my husband but it did not work,” said Fatma, who lives in Turkey. “He cheated on me. I had no profession and no job. I did not know what to do.” But Fatma’s life changed after shemore

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