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Anthony Langat

14 February 2019

Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

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On World Toilet Day in 2014, the Kenyan government promised to build 180 public toilets in an ambitious move to combat the issue of public sanitation. The program went well once the keys were handed off to the Nationa...

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Kundan Pandey

7 February 2019

Punjab, India

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Balad Kalan’s Scheduled Castes, popularly called Dalits, collectively bid to win the rights to fertile common lands that big landlords had taken control of. Each family contributed what they could and, after protests ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 February 2019

Elsie, Michigan, United States

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Smartphone technology levels the playing field for low-income people, utilizing services that manage SNAP food-assistance budgets, pay parking tickets on time, payday loans, and more. Applications like Fresh EBT work ...

High Country News

Jessica Kutz

1 February 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A community in Portland, Oregon piloted a sustainable housing initiative that looks a lot like a micro-scale of the touted Green New Deal. While the Cully neighborhood's local sustainability nonprofit, Verde, already ...

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Aaron Moselle

19 December 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Several factors contribute to the successful strategy that keeps people off the streets in Philadelphia, where the poverty rate is the highest among the 10 biggest cities in the country. Having multiple services withi...

NBC News

David Hall

17 December 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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An elementary school in Detroit works to give low-income students the resources and education they need to be successful. From supplying children with uniforms and breakfast to cleaning the school to provide a better ...

Sojourners

Megan Janetsky

21 November 2018

Medellin, Colombia

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In the late 1960s and early 1970s Barrio Moravia was an illegal dumping site where displaced Colombians fleeing violence made informal settlements. Now a community center, organizations, and a public garden with mor...

Texas Public Radio (KSTX)

Bekah McNeel

26 October 2018

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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In areas of high poverty, students in San Antonio, Texas are highly encouraged and supported to take the next step after high school to go on to challenging universities and gain a degree. Their efforts, which include...

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Dominic Kirui

19 October 2018

Bubisa, Kenya

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In villages in Bubisa, Kenya, women have come together to form informal community banks so that they may have greater financial access and power. These groups of women together save money, and then lend and borrow mon...

Talk Africa

Henry Owino

2 October 2018

Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

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In a slum in Kiberia, Kenya, a new invention called Peepoople Kenya (or Peepoo for short) is addressing a mounting sanitation issue from open defecation and lack of clean facilities. The solution is a single-use, biod...

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Nick Dall

25 September 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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The Poverty Stoplight, heralded as “a revolutionary yardstick” to assess poverty levels, is a bottom-up tool designed for families around the world. It allows families to see indicators of poverty and take action step...

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Katherine Webb-Hehn

24 September 2018

Alabama, United States

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In one of the worst states to have a pregnancy, midwives might be the answer. In Alabama, activists pushed for the re-legalization of professional midwifery. Now, midwifes in the state are providing care for mothers, ...

The Washington Post

Vidhi Doshi

23 September 2018

New Delhi, India

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India launched a new nationwide healthcare program dubbed “Modicare.” The massive plan is supposed to provide healthcare to 500 million people. Most importantly, it will provide “poor families insurance of up to $6,95...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

12 September 2018

Finland

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Housing First is a programme aimed at reducing homeless. It is rooted in the premise that “the main thing a homeless person needs is a home. The program has been adopted in Finland, Denmark, Spain, France, and parts o...

The New York Times

Marc Gunther

11 September 2018

Matinza, Rwanda

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Direct cash transfers to poor people in developing countries is a newer way to spend foreign aid dollars. GiveDirectly is the prominent charity who pioneered this method of giving cash as a form of aid, with the ratio...

Public Radio International

Yam Kumari Kandel

28 August 2018

Nepal

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The “Save the Daughter” campaign is helping families in Nepal with the economic struggle they face when mother’s give birth to females. That’s because, families with girls have to pay the wedding dowry, a cumbersome e...

Next City

Audrey F. Henderson

14 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Photographer Tonika Lewis Johnson created a “Map Twins” project to bring together people from often strictly segregated sections of Chicago. Connecting people who live on the same number block of the north and south s...

Bright Magazine

Eleanor Orao

8 August 2018

Kibera, Kenya

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Slums around cities like Nairobi are threatened as city governments seek to demolish them. One way to help, or at least give residents time to prepare to seek new homes, is a host of different types of mapping. By def...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

20 June 2018

Thoreau, New Mexico, United States

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In the Navajo Nation, a territory the size of West Virginia that spans counties in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, people live in extreme poverty and lack access to clean water or electricity. A group called DigDeep is...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

29 May 2018

Kalimpong, West Bengal, India

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5-15 Minutes

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The Gandhi Ashram school in a small Himalayan community gives each student a violin when they begin and keeps music central to the curriculum. This focus teaches kids life skills like self-confidence and focus, but al...

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Thomas Graham

16 May 2018

Bangladesh

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An intensive, long-term approach to solving poverty, piloted by an NGO in Bangladesh, has shown serious promise since its start in 2002. However, as the program is piloted in countries across the world, questions abou...

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Jordan Pearson

23 April 2018

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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A pilot program in Hamilton, Ontario tests the viability of a universal basic income. While bureaucratic red tape and critics from both political sides limit the enrollment in the program, citizens partaking in the pi...

The Guardian

Dan Collyns

14 March 2018

Lima, Peru

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Vania Masías abandoned her prolific career as a professional ballerina to teach impoverished youth in Peru hip hop. “More than 100,000 children have passed through the programme over the years.”

Kerning Cultures

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Razan Alzayani

Lilly Crown

27 February 2018

Jbel Samamma, Kasserine Governorate, Tunisia

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When unemployment is high and hope is low, violent extremist groups around the world attract recruits who are searching for support and a sense of life purpose. In Tunisia, efforts to counter the pull of these groups ...

Colorlines

Denise Fairchild

11 January 2018

Mississippi, United States

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As the United States grapples with the already-occurring effects of climate change, there is a growing call from the energy democracy movement to make sure energy efficiency remains equitable and affordable. Initiativ...

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