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In Georgia, vocational training equips youth for job market

When 19-year-old Nino Narmania learned she needed computer skills to do her favourite job — sewing and making clothes — she enrolled in a college-level professional tailoring programme in Poti, a provincial town in western Georgia. Together with 50 other young women, she was the first to reap the bemore

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Farmers' cooperatives increase food security in Cuba

Yudiel Mojena Guerra, a young farmer from eastern Cuba, was given land from the government as part of a strategy to increase domestic food production. So he started working at a run-down dairy farm, refurbished it, and bought some livestock. But like most workers in the non-state sector, he soon foumore

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Employment programme gives hope to new graduates in Jordan

Like many other young students 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 lives in poverty and one in five is unemployed, Yousef’s dream was a simple one: securing a respectable job that cmore

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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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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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'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