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Pakistan: With new businesses, women help communities tackle poverty

For decades Rukhsana Bibi lived the life of a housewife like most women in the village of Malikyar, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. But everything changed when her husband, who had supported the family with his job in a local factory, was laid off when the business shut down without warning. Rukhsanmore

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Timorese youth tackle waste and unemployment, one bottle at a time

Timor-Leste is a tiny country with a huge trash problem. Water is not potable -- as a result, plastic bottles of all sizes can be found everywhere, marring the country’s natural beauty and creating hazardous health and environmental conditions. The problem is especially glaring in the capital city omore

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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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A tour boat sets sail in Gaza, launching a better life

When he graduated recently with a degree in architecture, Raed El-Shorafa, 27, faced the risk of joining increasing numbers of the unemployed in Gaza. Despite his good academic performance, job opportunities were rare.  “I had no income,” Raed said. “I was a burden on my family.”  With an more