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Harsville, South Carolina is trying to better its educational program. But first it must change the standard of living in the town to provide greater examples of success for the children to follow.

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A By-the-E-Book Education, for $5 a Month

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For-profit companies are making good private schools available even to Africa’s poor. They can do it – and can do it on an enormous scale – by hiring neighborhood residents to teach, and scripting out every word of every lesson on an e-reader.

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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 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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An L.A. Story: Unions Show Signs of Life

The New York Times

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The minimum wage issue has been debated endlessly, with arguments both for and against its effectiveness. An increase, tested in some states and enacted in others, immeasurably betters the quality of life for low-income families.

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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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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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How Seattle Made Dark Alleys Safer—By Throwing Parties In Them

Yes! Magazine

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Alleys in Seattle were once places of illicit, illegal, and unsanitary activity. The International Sustainability Institute in Seattle began organizing music and art events to bring in people, which, in turn, cleaned-up the crime and garbage. As an urban development strategy, adjacent vacant stor...

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How to Build a Better Neighborhood

The New York Times

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The Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas suffered from recession-closed businesses and crime. Then community members used placemaking, in which people shaped their own environment to improve the quality of life, and the concept of Build a Better Block, which was a pop-up event showcasing art, food, m...

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