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In the DRC, community centres help people learn to live again

In 2004, a 34-year-old widow in Congo named Maman Miriam* was raped by three armed men who slashed her genitals with a knife, leaving her with physical and emotional scars. She felt completely abandoned and unable to care for her three children. “I felt worthless,” Maman Miriam says, thinking back. More

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Bringing financial services to the Pacific's poorest

Seventy-year-old Raj Dulari no longer has to travel long distances each month to collect her social welfare payment from the Nausori Post Office in Fiji. Nor does she have to wait in line, or worry that she might lose her allowance of US$32 if she does not collect it on time. Dulari, a widow who liv More

Tackling the deadly legacy of war in Lao PDR

Rice planting season is a nerve-wracking time for 49 year-old farmer Vongphone of Xieng Khouang province, in northern Lao. He was disabled five years ago when he accidentally set off an unexploded cluster bomb. Vongphone, who lost his left hand, is one of hundreds maimed or killed each year by explo More

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Indonesia: Fighting for social justice

Just a few years ago, Indonesian housewife Ibu Odah had little knowledge of legal affairs. Now, the mother of two is at the forefront of the fight against domestic violence in the remote island of Ternate, in the North Moluccas province of Indonesia. With the knowledge and expertise that she has acq More

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Building a sustainable democracy in Libya

A year ago, Khadija Baba would not have considered engaging in any independent civil society or political activities in her home town of Tripoli. Not only was such activity forbidden under the former regime in Libya, but it would have likely landed the university student in prison. Now, with support More

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Malawi women turn waste into a sustainable living

Norah Baziweli, a resident of Mtandire, an informal settlement in Lilongwe, Malawi, had a tough routine taking care of her family and earning a living. Every morning, she would wake at 4:00 a.m. to do chores and prepare breakfast for her three young children. After they left for school, Norah would More

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Recycling boosts incomes in Rwanda's capital

For Edith, Eugénie and Vestine, three women in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, life has taken a turn for the better since joining a local association that helps get vulnerable people off the street and earning an income, while cleaning up the city. The three are among 200 members of Association Dusabane t More

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Defeating malaria, one of Zambia’s biggest killers

Josephine Shaba, 30, experienced first-hand the economic impact of malaria. “When I had malaria, I could not tend to my crops or animals. If we are too sick, we cannot plant and then we don’t have enough food to harvest,” she says. To pay for her and her children’s treatment, Josephine had to sell More

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Kyrgyzstan: HIV patient speaks for anti-retroviral therapy

Marat*, a 38-year old father and husband, learned that he was HIV positive while undergoing drug detox in 2009. Pre and post-test counselling wasn’t common in Kyrgyzstan at the time, so Marat assumed that “HIV positive” meant good news. Once he understood the diagnosis, Marat refused the treatments More

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Bolivia: On the way toward eliminating malaria

“In the past, contracting malaria was quite common," said Edwin Moreno Saravia, from the town of Riberalta in Northern Bolivia. "I got the disease myself and managed to recover, but people often died from these chills.” But no deaths have been reported in the past five years, and the inci More