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'People, planet, profit' jumpstarts progress in Tajikistan

In the Gonchi district of Tajikistan, Sharipova Nasiba has become her family’s main breadwinner. After Nasiba’s husband became too ill to work, the mother of two joined a women’s self-help group to begin a small business growing crops in a greenhouse. She and two other women received training in howmore

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From seed to market, transforming agriculture in Ethiopia

Hurgessa Gutema owns a small farm in Wolisso in central Ethiopia. With help from a local farming co-operative, his crop yield is rising year after year. “Thanks to better seeds and fertilizer from the farmers union, we harvest up to 20 quintals for every half-hectare,” he said. “We used to get only more

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In Bhutan, small grants launch businesses and dreams

In Mongar, Bhutan, Tashi Tshomo has much to be thankful for. It’s been four years since the 25-year-old received a grant of about US $1,750 to start a small enterprise for IT solutions, and her business has grown substantially. Today she deals in computer and hardware sales, servicing and networkinmore

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Peru: 2,500 families in the High Andes make tradition a way of life

“My grandma prepared her chicha. She bottled it and sold it,” María Farroñan says, remembering how she learned to make chicha de jora, a traditional beverage in many towns in Peru. She was born in Mórrope, a district in the coastal region of Lambayeque that keeps up the old artisanal traditions. Witmore

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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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Woman lifts her family out of poverty in the West Bank

Starting a business with limited resources in East Jerusalem, West Bank, is a challenge — especially for women. For Inayat Nageeb, a housewife and a mother of three sons and two daughters, life has not been easy. Her husband works as a guard at a mosque, with a monthly income of approximately US $8more

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Turkmenistan: Helping people with disabilities move forward

Yuriy Kulik might have remained unemployed, relegated to the fringes of society in Turkmenistan. After losing his sight as a teenager, he could not find a job that would accommodate his disability. But in 2005, Kulik took part in an intensive course that taught him how to adapt without his sight. Itmore

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Romania: Incubating businesses, supporting entrepreneurship

In 2006, Csaba Kiss was thinking of launching a box manufacturing company in a new business incubator in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania. Business incubators, which host start-ups and early-stage firms, provide office space, start-up grants and consultancy services. The government was promoting them as a vmore

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Employment programme gives hope to new graduates in Jordan

Like many other young students of his age in Jordan, Yousef El Mughrabi, 23, was full of dreams and plans for his future. Living in Ma’an, a southern Jordanian governorate where one in four people live in poverty and one in five is unemployed, Yousef’s dream was a simple one: securing a respectable more

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In Rwanda, small loans spur business expansion

Before the sky even begins changing colors, Francois Nzamvugankize is awake and has begun his work of baking and selling bread.  Up until four months ago, Francois, 25, struggled to provide for his wife and two young children — but now they are on the road to financial security and successmore