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Peter Biello

Alex McOwen

6 May 2020

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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Fresh Start Farms is a program by the New Hampshire Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success that invites refugees in the state to apply their farming skills here in America to earn an income. Many of the refuge...

Pioneers Post

Julie Pybus

5 May 2020

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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As COVID-19 challenges businesses around the world, two Malaysian social enterprise companies have seen success in shifting their offerings. The Biji-biji Initiative, a fashion producer linked with the grassroots Soci...

Los Angeles Times

Gustavo Arellano

13 April 2020

Santa Ana, California, United States

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The owners of an iconic pomade and Chicano hipster fashion manufacturing factory in Santa Ana, California have made the switch to hand sanitizer manufacturing in an attempt to reemploy furloughed employees during the ...

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Sarah Donahue

9 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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An innovative partnership between Bell Shelter, a homeless shelter, Grow Good, an urban farm, and the Salvation Army is bringing healthy food and cooking to a new audience in Los Angeles. People experiencing homelessn...

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Scott Kirkwood

2 April 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In Baltimore, a successful social enterprise collaboration involves employing formerly incarcerated people to deconstruct valuable old wood from abandoned homes, preparing the wood for production, then turning the woo...

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Brittany Schock

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22 March 2020

Galion, Ohio, United States

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Six months ago, a distillery in Ohio had the idea to start making hand sanitizer on-site, but because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus and the FDA changing regulations, the business has now fast-tracked the idea...

VT Digger

Ellie French

19 March 2020

Warren, Vermont, United States

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Distilleries and pharmacies in Vermont have begun making hand sanitizer, in order to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Although this does take away from the typical function of the businesses and doesn't re...

Associated Press

Lisa Rathke

Michael Rubinkam

17 March 2020

New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, United States

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Several distilleries across the U.S. are shifting gears from producing beer to instead producing hand sanitizer to play a part in addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Combatting the shortage of the product, while also...

Garden & Gun

Caroline Sanders

13 March 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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As restaurants look at a myriad of ways to enhance the cleanliness of their businesses in light of the coronavirus pandemic, a distillery in North Carolina chose to shift their focus from gin-making to making and dist...

Fashionista

Daliah Singer

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11 March 2020

United States

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Climate Neutral, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, is creating a brand label that identifies companies that are offsetting and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Companies can purchase carbon offsets, where they ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

24 February 2020

United States

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Black Girl Ventures levels the playing field for women of color who seek capital for their business ventures. Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their ideas at crowdfunded sessions, which means the funding varies depe...

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Adeel Ahmed

13 February 2020

Sindh, Pakistan

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Pakistan's poorest citizens, who previously panhandled for their basic needs, were launched onto an entrepreneurial path by the Heritage Foundation Pakistan. Eight impoverished communities have been trained in the cra...

NPR

Rachel Cramer

12 February 2020

Havre, Montana, United States

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Finding ways to reuse brewery waste can save water treatment plants money. In Havre, Montana, Triple Dog Brewing has entered into a partnership with the town’s wastewater treatment plant, supplying discarded barley to...

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Pedro Lira

7 February 2020

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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Empowering young entrepreneurs fosters new, sustainable, and inclusive approaches to design and fashion. In Brazil, designers from Aglomerado da Serra, a favela in Belo Horizonte, are using up-cycling to make a more s...

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Chad Small

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3 February 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Collecting data about environmental risks and resiliency projects facilitates investment and funding. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Cities Program and Cities Vulnerability Assessment encourage participating ci...

Pioneers Post

Nour Ibrahim

30 January 2020

Cairo, Egypt

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An initiative run by the UN Refugee Agency in Cairo called NilFurat teaches women in countries around the Nile and Furat rivers creative skills for them to make a living. The women learn skills like hand sewing, machi...

Next City

Adina Solomon

29 January 2020

College Park, Georgia, United States

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Collaborations can breathe new life into community churches. In College Park, Georgia, the College Park First United Methodist Church entered into a partnership with PushPush, a theater nonprofit formerly located in t...

Bloomberg

Claire Ballentine

28 January 2020

New York, New York, United States

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The supply chain for Valentine's Day flowers is incredibly toxic for the environment and produces mass amounts of waste. In response, a "floral gifting" service industry emerged in which flowers from special events ca...

NPR

Rebecca Davis

26 December 2019

Nduru Beach, Kenya

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Along Kenya's Lake Victoria, the practice of jaboya - where fishermen guarantee that day's catch to a woman fish trader in exchange for sexual favors - is all too common, in part due to a lack of economic opportunity ...

Pioneers Post

Mathilda Mallinson

20 December 2019

Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Although Indonesia is making efforts to improve disability rights, progress is slow. In the meantime, a group called Economic Empowerment for Entrepreneurs with Disability (EEED) was formed in partnership with the Bri...

Nikkei Asian Review

Deepak Adhikari

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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...

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

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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...

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