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  • Indigenous Trees Feed Rural Families

    Nicola Jenvey Durban Hundreds of rural families, many of whom are child-headed households, are securing sound incomes by growing indigenous trees from the seeds found in local forests and using the saplings as currency. The project, which aims to help people out of poverty, got a boost yesterday when 100 new bicycles, food, clothing and building materials became the anchor products for a range of stores that will barter trees for...

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    All Africa (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 25 entrepreneurs are solving the world’s toughest problems with creativity, ingenuity, and passion.

    The entrepreneurial mind abhors a vacuum. Market failures, unmet demand, even the maddening lure of a blank napkin--all beckon as explicit invitations to invent. What defines an entrepreneur (as well as an entrepreneurial organization) is that relentless problem-solving approach, not the specifics of the problem itself. We typically associate such ingenuity with the transformation of problems into lucrative, shareholder-enriching companies. But the entrepreneurs you’ll meet in th...

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    Fast Company (link opens in a new window)
  • Electricity Grid Construction Benefits Rural Tibetans

    Cuchim Tayai, a villager in Keyu Village in Linzhou County in Lhasa, had used butter lamps like generations of his ancestors. Only after the second-phase of electricity grid construction in Tibet did he come to know electricity for the first time. My daughter now can do her homework without suffering from lamp smoke. We have TV sets, VCDs and electric appliances to make buttered tea, Cuchim Tayai said. Cuchim Tayai is among tens of tho...

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    Xinhua News Agency (link opens in a new window)
  • Project to fund Mexican micro, small and medium-size enterprises

    A $2 million grant from the Inter-American Development Bank?s Multilateral Investment Fund will help finance a project to involve Mexican micro, small and medium-size enterprises in ?base of the pyramid? market opportunities to provide better products and services to low-income consumers. The CESPEDES committee of Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), an association supported by some of the largest corporations in Mexico, will carry out the project, which draws...

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    Press Release (link opens in a new window)
  • 85bn Cedis Micro-Credit For Rural Poor

    The government has channelled ?85 billion (approx US$9.4 million) through the rural banks for lending as micro-credit to the economically active but poor in the rural areas for them to improve the quality of their lives. The Vice- President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, announce...

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    graphic ghana (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Prepaid Roaming in Africa

    by David Ajao The case for prepaid international roaming in Africa is very strong indeed. Most subscribers on cellular networks in Africa are on the prepaid platform. What better way could there have been to reach out to this large number of people who form the majority? None. Background According to Wikipedia, Roaming is a general term in wireless telecommunications that refers to the extending of connectivity service in a network that is differe...

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    Mobile Africa (link opens in a new window)
  • Remittances to Africa Overtakes Foreign Direct Investment

    Remittances from Africans working abroad in the period 2000-2003 averaged about US$17 billion per annum virtually overtaking Foreign Direct Investment flows which averaged about $15 billion per annum during the same period. These figures are contained in a report Resource Flows to Africa: An Update on Statistical Trends just released by the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa in New York. The report draws on official data from the World Bank, United Nat...

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    United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (New York), PRESS RELEASE (link opens in a new window)
  • A silent rural revolution in managing microfinance

    KOLKATA: Call it a business with a good cause. A strong but silent social revolution is taking place beyond urban borders. Surpassing all targets, an overwhelming number of 18 lakh credit-linked ?self help groups? (SHGs), being predominantly women-oriented, are working wonders in rural areas and in managing micro finance matters. Cumulative bank lendings to SHGs have grown to almost Rs 8,000 crore till November 2005. The southern states of Andhra Pra...

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    Daily News & Analysis India (link opens in a new window)
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