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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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An Attack on Grameen Bank, and the Cause of Women

The New York Times

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The Grameen Bank became successful as the organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize for extending small loans to impoverished village women. Now, the Bangladeshi government’s power grab for the world’s biggest microlender hurts millions of poor, and threatens the gains made by the women who run...

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An Inclusive Emerging Economy, With Africa in the Lead

The New York Times

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In combatting poverty, a giant informal economic system has quietly emerged in Africa. Women participate in micro-finance organizations that loan money in order to allow them to create businesses and become self-managing.

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A Nonprofit Lender Revives the Hopes of Subprime Borrowers

The New York Times

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Many subprime borrowers in the United States are financially unable to buy a home themselves. An unconventional lender is trying to make it easier for low-income people to buy houses despite the tighter requirements that other lenders adopted after the mortgage bust.

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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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Beyond Profit: A Talk With Muhammad Yunus

The New York Times

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There is much debate about microfinance and whether it actually works. The founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, discusses the fight to eliminate poverty through his micro-lending bank and the future of social business.

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Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

The New York Times

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A overview of 2014's Fixes columns - connecting the dots between 60 or so ways that people are trying to change the world.

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Escaping the Cycle of Scarcity

The New York Times

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Poor people are less likely to make smart financial decisions. New research in the U.S., says this is not about intelligence but rather about a brain being overwhelmed with issues related to poverty.

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Fear of Profit

The New York Times

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Businesses with a social goal walk a line between being a charity or profit seekers. Collaboration of the business sector, government, and non-profits can help keep a balance.

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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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