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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, limiting the 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 dmore

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From biogas to ice cream,
Bhutan's newest 'cool thing'

The Bhutanese village of Singyegang, with 450 inhabitants, is home to hot and humid summers. It’s the kind of weather that calls for refreshments -- and ice cream tops the list. Until now, it was a “foreign” treat, mainly imported from neighboring India. But one small group of farmers saw an opportumore

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DRC: Solidarity funds cut poverty and strengthen community ties

Pen in hand and notebook poised on his lap, Gasozi goes through his calculations aloud for the benefit of those present: “I borrowed 60,000 Congolese francs (approximately US $65), and with that amount, I was able to buy enough potato seeds to produce 8 sacks of potatoes. Generally speaking, a sack more

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Helping communities boost food security in Eritrea

With only a handful of children playing around in an open field, the village of Lamza, on the outskirts of the capital city of Eritrea, looks deserted. This is because almost all the village residents have gone to work on their farms in a nearby valley, where two micro dams are allowing them to irrimore

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El Salvador: Sowing the seeds of peace

Giovanni’s face softens beneath the otherwise fearsome ink of his gang tattoos. As the 23-year-old bends over a row of pepper plants, his fingers dart carefully between them, plucking stray weeds in the greenhouse. “Before, my life was a mess,” Giovanni confesses quietly. “Now I have a lot to do—themore

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Ethnic minorities escape poverty in Viet Nam

In Muong Lat, a mountainous district of the Thanh Hoa province in Viet Nam, Luong Thi Xuan’s family is now better-off by raising Kerria Lacca, an insect that lives on palm trees and produces shellac, a kind of resin used in food, fine arts, and medicine.  “My grandparents used to raise Kerria Lmore