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Christian Science Monitor

Jingnan Peng

Laura Kiesel

27 October 2020

United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many businesses moving their operations to remote-based work, which has consequently expanded access and eliminated barriers for those with disabilities. Although working from ...

Al Jazeera

Veronique Mistiaen

18 October 2020

Abs, Yemen

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A solar-grid station is powering rural Yemeni communities on the front-line of the war and in the midst of COVID-19, while also empowering women who typically have very few professional opportunities. The microgrid pr...

Next City

Sarah Kwon

14 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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A doula program in San Francisco is helping to create jobs and build equity in maternal health, especially for Black mothers. Training is free for the client as well as for the doulas, with trainees also receiving men...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

8 October 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's CRED program (Create Real Economic Destiny) blends effective violence-intervention strategies with economic empowerment, life coaching, therapy, and education to provide the kind of opportunity so often lack...

Yes! Magazine

Ray Levy-Uyeda

17 September 2020

California, United States

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The Fire and Forestry Recruitment Program serves as an intermediary between formerly incarcerated people trained as firefighters and the agencies they seek work from once they have been released from prison. Californi...

Capital Daily

Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin

11 September 2020

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Legalized marijuana sales in Canada were supposed to make the industry safe, stable, and prosperous. But the rollout of licenses for pre-existing private dispensaries has turned into a debacle for small businesses in ...

The New York Times

Michaela Haas

7 July 2020

New York, New York, United States

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A new model for cooperatives guarantees a living wage for house cleaners, removing the uncertainty and exploitation typically associated with the gig economy. Up & Go is an app that brings entrepreneurs together as ow...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

6 July 2020

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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A pilot program has successfully launched an alternative-schedule employment initiative that eliminates barriers for employees who are kept out of the workforce because they are unable to work full time. Obstacles suc...

Pioneers Post

Cass Hebron

Astari Sarosa

3 July 2020

Bali, Indonesia

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A collaborative movement in Indonesia is creating job opportunities within the creative sector for those living with disabilities. Gerakan Kreabilitas holds workshops and events to provide business training through me...

Bangor Daily News

Ernie Clark

21 June 2020

Monson, Maine, United States

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A Portland-based foundation has revitalized a small town in Maine with the establishment of an arts colony, reconstruction of old buildings in downtown, and a full health center - a rarity for small towns. A declining...

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Oscar Perry Abello

14 May 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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ChiFresh Kitchen is a worker-owned cooperative that gives formerly incarcerated people an income, and a second chance, under a corporate structure that attacks high unemployment from the ground up. Formed as a caterin...

NHPR

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...

MIT Technology Review

Karen Hao

6 May 2020

China

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Online retailers in China launched rural live-streaming initiatives to aid farmers in selling their products directly to consumers. After traditional selling methods were halted due to the novel coronavirus, farmers n...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

29 April 2020

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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Teton County’s St. John’s Health medical center worked proactively to make sure they had the resilience needed in staffing to accommodate a potential surge in COVID-19 patients. Working quickly, they identified curren...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sharyn Jackson

11 April 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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With COVID-19 causing the shuttering of restaurants around the country, the Minnesota Central Kitchen collaboration brings together furloughed chefs – and their restaurants’ ingredients – to help feed those experienci...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

6 April 2020

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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A technology service company based in Wilmington, DE hires neurodiverse employees, people with developmental disabilities, to fulfill roles that they may typically be overlooked for despite their skillsets. TPI avoids...

Wired

Garrett M. Graff

25 March 2020

United States

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For decades, executive orders have positioned the U.S. Postal Service to take part in helping during national crises, but the recently updated "medical countermeasures program" now tasks the postal carriers with the d...

CNN

Oscar Holland

Ananda Pellerin

24 March 2020

New York, United States

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To help address the shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals, companies and individuals in the fashion industry are turning from clothing production to face mask production. This approach, which is being...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

19 March 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As restaurants across the nation have been forced to close their doors during the coronavirus pandemic, some are turning to creative means to help account for the loss of revenue. In Philadelphia, restaurants have cre...

Yes! Magazine

Patrick Ammerman

Gustavo Andrés Castillo Arenas

19 February 2020

Bogota, Colombia

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In a time when many Western countries are closing their doors to refugees, Colombia has been particularly welcoming to migrants and refugees. The country has enacted a series of laws that make it easier for incoming V...

Pioneers Post

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...

St. Albert Today

Jennifer Henderson

12 February 2020

Quebec, Quebec, Canada

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By expanding childcare access and reducing costs, Quebec has seen a steep increase in the percentage of women actively involved in its workforce. Could this system, which has been financially sustainable as a result o...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

12 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A workforce development initiative, PowerCorpsPHL, pays participants to learn skills and gain hands-on experience for jobs that offer long-term career opportunity in the field of environmental sustainability. Particip...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Terri Akman

11 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Powered by a workforce made up exclusively of the formerly incarcerated and people experiencing homelessness, Philadelphia start-up company Graffiti Removal Experts gets paid to clean up signs of blight while giving p...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

29 January 2020

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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At Nehemiah Manufacturing, more than 80% of the employees are "second-chance" workers: people with a criminal record, a history of drug abuse, and such. Not only does the company bring more jobs to the city of Cincinn...

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