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A Book in Every Home, and Then Some

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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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Helping the World's Poorest, for a Change

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Two columns on an important new development program, in use in at least 40 developing countries: give the poor cash payments, contingent on their use of health clinics and their children’s school attendance, to help break the cycle of poverty.

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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

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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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‘A National Admissions Office' for Low-Income Strivers

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Attending college is not always a given option for gifted teenagers from less-than-wealthy backgrounds. National organization QuestBridge creates a way for low-income and minority high-achieving students to go to their dream colleges free of cost.

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An Inclusive Emerging Economy, With Africa in the Lead

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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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Fear of Profit

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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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For Ambitious Nonprofits, Capital to Grow

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Funding with too many strings attached makes it hard for non-profits to grow and be impactful. An American organization, N.F.F., is finding ways to finance non-profits likes companies.

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

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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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How to Grow a Social Business

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Two columns on microconsignment, a new variation on microcredit that helps poor people living in developing countries - particularly women in rural villages - start small social businesses without taking on debt or requiring previous business skills. The organization, Soluciones Comunitarias, par...

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