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Nikkei Asian Review

Deepak Adhikari

15 December 2019

Kathmandu, Nepal

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A Nepalese company called Traditional Homes was formed in order to restore traditional Newari homes to prevent them from being demolished. The houses are by the indigenous Newar people of the Kathmandu Valley and boas...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nita Bhalla

13 December 2019

Gilgil, Kenya

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Repurposing plastic waste into construction materials reduces pollution and lessens the carbon footprint of construction. Eco Blocks and Tiles, an environmentally-savvy company based in Gigil, Kenya, manufactures roof...

Vice

Esha Chhabra

12 December 2019

Brazil

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Bia Saldanha works with community members in Brazil to tap trees in the Amazon for rubber as a way to create sustainable income and discourage other practices like cattle farming and logging that has led to deforestat...

National Geographic

Marc Gunther

5 December 2019

Rwanda

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Stanford University graduate Gayatri Datar founded a nonprofit called EarthEnable that aims to rid the world of dirt floors. EarthEnable sells an earthen floor covered with an environmentally friendly varnish at a cos...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Evaluating evidence of an organization’s impact informs charitable giving. Ratings organizations like ImpactMatters and Charity Navigator provide transparency to donors by reporting on the effectiveness of charities a...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

3 December 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Real estate cooperatives are able to raise capital from their members, ensuring re-investment in the communitie they serve. In Oakland, California, the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) finances rea...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

26 November 2019

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Finding alternatives for uneaten or imperfect food reduces waste. In Denver, multiple initiatives, ranging from the city’s Certifiably Green Denver program to tech startups and nonprofits, are working to tackle the pr...

PBS NewsHour

Megan Thompson

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Melanie Saltzman

16 November 2019

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Planting perennial grains for human consumption retains more nutrients in the soil, prevents soil erosion, and traps carbon. Farmers and researchers have been working to develop a commercially viable perennial grain, ...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

13 November 2019

Westlake, California, United States

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Improving community nutrition requires making healthy food accessible and affordable. In Westlake, California, LaRayia’s Bodega provides healthy food at a convenience store price point of five dollars or less. Donatio...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Adam Wernick

12 November 2019

Borneo, Indonesia

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Those who live on the island of Borneo understand that their well-being comes from the Gunung Palung National Park, but logging remained rampant because it was the only way to make money to pay for healthcare. Thus, a...

Grist

Cara Giaimo

4 November 2019

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Eschewing packaging reduces waste. Cleenland, a store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, encourages low-waste shopping by selling household items like soap, cleaner, and detergent in bulk. Customers bring their own containe...

CNN

Portia Ladrido

29 October 2019

Quezon City, Philippines

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The drug war in the Phillipines is leaving behind widows and orphans struggling to support themselves. After providing aid in various forms, Project SOW developed a source of income for those who have lost breadwinner...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

23 October 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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An b-corporation in Kensington, a Northern Philadelphia neighborhood, addresses gentrification and population growth in their area by bringing together entrepreneurs with community members to encourage local business ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Lizabeth Cohen

21 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A plan forged in New York City suburbs in the 1970s addressed urban renewal and income inequality by creating low-income housing dwellings in nine separate towns outside of the city. Though the "Fair Share" program fa...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jason Wilson

17 October 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Bees and other pollinator populations have been rapidly declining, threatening food production nationwide, but urban beekeeping is helping to fight against this trajectory. In Philadelphia, rooftop beekeeping has beco...

Pioneers Post

Anna Patton

17 October 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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A company based in Addis Ababa makes water filtration systems that simultaneously help rural and urban dwellers have access to clean water as well as keep the entire supply chain within Ethiopia. Despite challenges fa...

Pioneers Post

Dimpho Lekgeu

4 October 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Creative expression builds community and helps promote mental wellbeing. In Johannesburg, South Africa, 94 Colours, part of the Maker’s Valley Partnership, focuses on community wellbeing by empowering youth through it...

Pioneers Post

Maria Eduarda Lannes

26 September 2019

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A collective for Brazilian women artisans named Rede Asta provides training, production networks, links to consumers, and an online market to empower them to make a livable income. The group is also environmentally-co...

Pioneers Post

Julie Pybus

19 September 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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In Ethiopia, Ellita Products and its sister organization Ellita Women at Risk (EWAR), are working to end generational poverty and prostitution through comprehensive rehabilitation programs and skills training. To redu...

Beirut Today

Aina de Lapparent Alvarez

10 September 2019

Hammana, Lebanon

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Amplifying local culture, history, and food through the arts increases tourism and can revitalize areas struggling with depopulation. The Hammana Artist House, a collaboration between a philanthropist and Collectif Ka...

Apolitical

Amelia Axelsen

16 August 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Turning climate solutions into opportunities for investment can help mobilize capital to address climate change. The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (The Lab), part of the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) bas...

The Guardian

Holly Dicker

14 August 2019

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Abandoned buildings can become spaces for economic innovation and experimentation. An abandoned resort spa in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, now houses BlueCity, an ecosystem of sustainable enterprises. The initiative al...

Pioneers Post

Julie Pybus

30 July 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Temsalet Kitchen in Addis Ababa offers the city's most vulnerable women a place to work and find community. The restaurant employs struggling women to be cooks, waitresses, managers, and cleaners to help them stay off...

The New York Times

Anemona Hartocollis

27 July 2019

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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The recycling economy is helping Ivory Coast overcome a building shortage and create jobs. The Fighting Women, a community organization in Abidjan, collect plastic waste to resell to manufacturers. In partnership with...

DigBoston

Karine Vann

26 July 2019

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Package-free shopping encourages more sustainable consumption. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cleenland offers package-free household products, including shampoo and cleaners. Customers use their own containers and pay ...

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