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A Book in Every Home, and Then Some

The New York Times

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Lack of reading material is not only a third-world problem - many poor families in the United States lack access to and funds for books. A program that helps get books to into the homes of low-income families can boost literacy, and help publishers, too.

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Green Strategies for the Poorest

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The company that manufactures Lifestraw, a water purification device, has found a way to distribute their product to impoverished Kenyan families for free, while still making a profit. In the global carbon credit market, businesses receive carbon credits for projects that reduce greenhouse gas em...

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Clean Water at No Cost? Just Add Carbon Credits

The New York Times

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The company that manufactures Lifestraw, a water purification device, has found a way to distribute their product to impoverished Kenyan families for free, while still making a profit. In the global carbon credit market, businesses receive carbon credits for projects that reduce greenhouse gas em...

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At Cambodia Hotel, The Workers Are The Boss

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Overall, Cambodia is a relatively poor country whose residents don't own much. Norwegian hotel owners in the city of Krong Siem Reap urge their Cambodian staff to be more in charge of making their own decisions by making them co-owners of the hotel, an act that forced them to have more confidence...

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For Students With a Mission, a Little Capital Goes a Long Way

The New York Times

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At a time when university students lack opportunities and financial help to test their innovative business ideas, the Resolution Project supports higher education students who have ideas for socially responsible businesses and charities. Resolution offers small awards to start businesses as well ...

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From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change

The New York Times

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Global social and economic problems are difficult to change. However, fan-activism fuels the interests of fans of popular young adult fiction. Books such as Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have inspired activist groups that raise awareness of global hunger, reading, and relief supplies to impov...

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Grameen Bank and the Public Good

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The Bangladesh government seeks to take control of the Grameen Bank, the world’s biggest microlender and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for offering small loans to poor village women. The seizure threatens the bank’s independence, the millions of impoverished villagers who own the loans, and the...

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Helping the Lame Walk, Without a Miracle

The New York Times

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People who have missing limbs can be found in the poorest of places, with their disability causing suffering and tremendous challenges to fend for daily life needs. The Jaipur Limb organization based in India has developed prostheses at low cost, and services are free for the poor. The organizati...

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Helping Where Help Is Wanted

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Vacant positions exist in many employment sectors, including in education and in hospitals. ReServe is a program that joins retired professionals to part-time paid positions in non-profits to perform duties. A controversy has emerged that suggests these positions should be paid at a professional-...

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Health Care and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The New York Times

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In a mountainous region of Lesotho, a man named Tsepo Kotelo visits 20 villages every week on his new motorcycle to provide health care to local villagers. The Elton John AIDS Foundation gifted the motorcycles to Kotelo and his colleagues, allowing them to increase the number of patients they vis...

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