Brewing a Sustainable Cuppa with Café Compadre

There’s a reason for Cristobal Olórtegui a coffee farmer from the Sauriaki community in Peru to smile as he reaps the fruits of his labour – wiping the coffee foam moustache as he takes a sip. For 43 years he has been selling raw coffee beans for US $ 2.50 per/ kilogram (kg) but now […]

One Stop Source to Make Evidence-Based Tech & Procurement Decisions

If you were asked to point out some commonalities between Western India and South of Haiti – will you have more points of differences over similarities? The former is among the more prosperous provinces of the world’s fastest-growing major economy, the latter has been in news recently owing to adverse weather conditions. Geographies, demographics, economics, […]

OneDollarGlasses: las gafas ofrecen nuevas perspectivas de vida a los habitantes de Burkina Faso

Los expertos estiman que alrededor de 700 millones de personas en todo el mundo carecen de acceso a las gafas, pese a necesitarlas, y que por lo tanto, están en desventaja en cuanto a  educación, interacción social y mercado laboral, debido a que son incapaces de realizar muchas actividades. La asociación OneDollarGlasses,  ganadora de los […]

OneDollarGlasses: New Life Perspectives in Burkina Faso Thanks to Glasses

Experts estimate that around 700 million people worldwide have no access to glasses – and are thus disadvantaged in education, social interaction and the labor market, because they are unable to perform many activities. The OneDollarGlasses Association, winner of the first empowering people. Award 2013, manufactures affordable glasses for developing countries, and has to date […]

Low-tech Solutions Fight Hunger

Hamid Oubir lives with his family in a small village in northern Morocco. To sell his produce in the market, he has to make his way to the nearest town early in the morning several times a week. If Hamid Oubir wants to avoid the fruits and vegetables from getting spoilt he needs to make […]

Soluciones de baja tecnología para luchar contra el hambre

Hamid Oubir vive con su familia en una pequeña localidad del norte de Marruecos. Para vender sus productos en el mercado, necesita ir a la ciudad más cercana a primera hora de la mañana varias veces a la semana. Si Hamid Oubir quiere evitar que las frutas y verduras se echen a perder, tiene que […]

A More Sustainable Way to Better Support Global Development

At the empowering people. Network, we are often asked this question by our followers: How can I best support international development? In this article, we try to give an overview of several thoughts and approaches into this complex topic.

Enhancing Access to Finance for Women Entrepreneurs – What Should Financial Institutions Do?

Entrepreneurs can be segmented along several dimensions such as education, experience, income and geographic location. While these characteristics are certainly important, one key, often-overlooked characteristic is gender. While enterprises play a crucial role in economic development, the financial (and other) needs of those enterprises are all too frequently ignored. And this is particularly true for […]

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Emprendeduría educativa #2: videolibros en lengua de signos

En la primera parte de esta serie de blogs de emprendeduría educativa hablamos con Isabel Sheinman sobre el proyecto “Library for All”, cuyo objetivo es poner el conocimiento y las oportunidades al alcance de los niños de los países en vías de desarrollo con acceso limitado a materiales educativos. Hoy vamos a presentarle a otro […]

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Edupreneurship #2: Videobooks in Sign Language

In the first part of this Edupreneurship blog series we talked with Isabel Sheinman about the “Library for All” project that aims to unlock knowledge and opportunities for children in developing countries with limited access to educational materials. Today we introduce you to another member of the empowering people. Network: Silvana Bonnet from Canales Associatión […]