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18 August 2015
Baldwin, Michigan, United States
Over 3000 Words
College was never much of an option for most students in this tiny town of 1,200 located in the woods of the Manistee National Forest. But residents of Baldwin, Michigan, pooled together their money to provide scholar...
29 June 2015
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Over 3000 Words
In Sarasota, Florida, residents invested in change contend that for the poor to move beyond survival mode and break a multi-generational cycle, they need a wraparound strategy, rather than one-off or isolated services...
15 May 2015
Rangpur, Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh
Though poverty rates are dropping worldwide, the 'ultrapoor' tend to stay where they are. BRAC works to break the poverty cycle by donating money-making assets mixed with cash and food grants.
27 April 2015
Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Thirty-five percent of Americans will never own their home and risk a rent increase or eviction. Owned Communities USA enables working-class families to become home owners through manufactured homes, loans, and legal ...
24 April 2015
In India, many farmers, especially women farmers, have transitioned to organic farming. While it requires a serious set of skills and knowledge, organic farming increases yields and decreases costs by eliminating the ...
18 April 2015
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
After decades of economic and social despair that once saw it named the poorest big city in America, Cleveland has become a model of revitalization, thanks to a unique “anchor strategy” that harnesses the immense weal...
1 April 2015
Ajo, Arizona, United States
Redeveloping and repurposing unused real estate provides a path toward economic revitalization. With a combination of public and private grants, the nonprofit group, International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA), has p...
23 December 2014
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Creating a synergy between the various stakeholders in a city’s economic performance leads to success. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the tech industry is thriving thanks to cross-sector collaborations between the regio...
4 November 2014
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Under 800 Words
For 150 areas in the UK needing the most help, support came in the form of 1 million pound grants to fund community-led projects. What sets this funding apart is that 75% of those on the decision-making boards are loc...
10 October 2014
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Public-private collaborations can promote entrepreneurship and foster economic revitalization. In the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, partnerships between the city of Columbus, the Franklinton Development ...
30 August 2014
Massachusetts, United States
A growing number of credit unions and nonprofit groups are using lotteries to encourage low-income families to save.
12 August 2014
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Over 3000 Words
In an effort to break the cycle of poverty in Memphis, a government organization is using conditional cash transfers, paying students if they earn good grades and adults if they maintain a full-time job.
21 July 2013
Development work is evolving beyond short-term mission trips and one-off donations into a more comprehensive, in-depth model that addresses long-term sustainability of a solution paired with empowerment of those being...
4 April 2013
Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
An innovative program by an unusual bank allows low-income people in Cambodia to take out a 15-year fixed mortgage with little or no documentation - contradicting traditional loan assumptions and creating means for so...
8 October 2012
Cape Town, South Africa
Though well-meaning, many poverty alleviation and development efforts treat the receivers of aid as subjects rather than capable people. Urban Poor Fund International, the first global fund to give poor people direct ...
11 August 2011
Keene, New Hampshire, United States
More Than Wheels, a New Hampshire-based non-profit offers an economically stable solution to the high cost of owning a car. The program offers low-cost car loans that go toward the purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles.
30 May 2011
For millions of students who could succeed in college, the limiting factor is money. Is it possible to finance higher education the way we finance start-up companies? A company called Lumni uses “human capital contrac...
9 May 2011
Nanyuki, Laikipia, Kenya
Most insurance companies avoid insuring poor farmers because the transaction costs are too high, but a non-profit in Kenya created a sustainable way to cover them.
Deutsche Welle (DW)
2 September 2008
Albina Ruiz, founder of the social enterprise Ciudad Saludable, works with people living in areas dominated by the trash dump to create a more formal system of waste removal for their health and the wider city's clean...
14 January 2007
Anita, Iowa, United States
Under 800 Words
Anita, Iowa faced many of the same challenges as other small towns when the last local grocer closed amid competition with large chains like Costco and Walmart. But when its residents realized the value of a local "mo...
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