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On a sunny day, 35 women get together on a patio to talk about a subject usually handled by men: money.
"Many municipalities here have microfinance and saving groups. However, most of them follow the norm of only accepting men," says Leonor Zárate, coordinator of the Savings and Internal...More
It you weren't looking for it, you'd probably miss the small office tucked away in the labyrinth of streets that make up old Damascus. But the small space provides a much-needed service for thousands of Iraqi refugees who have fled to Syria since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. In fact, this...More
When Chris and Sonia Arriola come home from work each evening this Lent, they'll return to their tradition of fishing through their pockets for a few dollars or a handful of change. The money will go to their two young children—not for piggy banks or trips to the candy store, but to deposit in...More
In the hillside village of Masoalikuka in Malawi, Mary Biliati spends several days a week helping her neighbors overcome a common dilemma: How can we get our kids to eat their pumpkin leaves?
Pumpkin leaves are an excellent source of iron, protein, calcium and vitamins A and C. The trick...More
When an acquaintance turned up at his house with a little cash and a job offer, Antonio Jose dos Santos Filho thought he'd finally caught a break.
Unemployed and barely getting by at the time, Antonio accepted the offer to clear land for cattle pasture in the Amazon and took the 2-day...More
In the cacao groves of the Philippines, my enemy is lurking. Tiny—almost invisible when camouflaged on a branch—my enemy plots to destroy what I love. It is the enemy of right-thinking, chocolate-loving people everywhere: the pod borer.
The pod borer insect literally worms its way into...More
"I was ironing and one of the little girl's dresses got burned," says Daya*, a Sri Lankan woman working as a live-in maid for a wealthy family in Kuwait. Daya knew "Madam"—the wife of the house and her employer—would be furious. And she was: Madam took the iron and burned Daya on her wrist and...More