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  • (From United Nations Development Programme)  Six out of ten of the world’s poorest people are women who must, as the primary family caretakers and producers of food, shoulder the burden of tilling land, grinding grain, carrying water and cooking. This is no easy burden. In Kenya, women can burn up to 85 percent of their […]

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  • We got the opportunity to catch up with Peggy Mativo, founder of PACE, an initiative to improve education outcomes by creating  equitable learning opportunities for students in rural and slum areas of Kenya so that they succeed individually and contribute to their communities. Peggy is an  inspiring education advocate and our first Advocate in the […]

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  •     Source: Next Billion Traditional savings circles have existed in different forms for centuries and are popular in both immigrant communities in the United States and emerging markets around the world. Structured as a collective fund, a circle requires that each member make regular contributions of a fixed amount, and the collected sums are […]

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  • A new study, titled ‘A Price Too High to Bear,’ was conducted from 2011 to 2013 by Family Care International (FCI), the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the KEMRI-CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration. It shows that far too often a maternal death is directly linked to neonatal mortality. Among the 59 maternal deaths examined, only […]

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  • Solar lamps, also known as solar lanterns, are quickly becoming a preferred lighting and electrical power solution for rural and off-grid households around the world. More and more emphasis is being placed on solar energy as a means to connect millions of households around the globe to the rest of the world.  With continuing research […]

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  • Hasna Muktar, a traditional birth attendant in remote Sankuri village in northern Kenya, has met her share of challenges while delivering babies, from snakebites and threatening hyenas to the choking fumes of kerosene lamps that are widely used to provide a feeble light at night-time deliveries. But that last problem, at least, is now being overcome, […]

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  • 1. Drive Consumer Education General knowledge about the costs and benefits of mobile financial services must be improved. There is a window of opportunity here. Network operators that already have an established relationship with consumers, and agents that are easily accessible, can spread the word and drive acceptance because they have a wide presence in […]

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  • Playing a vital role in their coun­try’s response to the catastrophe, Haitian women have gone back to work, clearing rubble and rebuilding homes. They represent 52 percent of Haiti’s 10 million people, and nearly 50 percent of them are engaged in economic activity outside the home. Small businesses in the country are primarily owned by […]

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  • A comprehensive programme to promote women’s literacy, business skills, entrepreneurship and savings, is transforming the lives of over 20,000 rural women in Liberia…. Tina heard about literacy classes being offered in five communities, including Greenville, by the UN Women-led Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment (JP GEWEE). She joined the classes and […]

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  • “My whole life I never spoke English. Now, at my age, I can write my name and I know my ABCs and 123s,” said an elderly woman at a gathering with UN Women delegates from New York held in Bopolu, a town tucked away in Liberia’s northern Gharpolu County. With support from UN Women, since 2012, […]

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