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Mali: small steps to women’s economic empowerment

09/24/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Women traditionally cannot own land in Mali, making it hard for rural women to earn money. Kaidia explains how the women’s association in her village helps women earn money and distributes loans.

Enterprise: the key to survival in Dadaab

07/16/2012 | Ochieng' Ogodo

Refugees walk along the main street in Hagadera camp in Dadaab - Piers Benatar | Panos Pictures

Dadaab refugee complex in north eastern Kenya is home to nearly half a million people. Unable to leave the camps without travel permits and unable to officially work due to Kenyan employment laws, many residents have turned entrepreneur to survive.

Refugee turns web designer in world’s largest camp

07/04/2012 | Dann Okoth

Mohammed Bashir Sheik has never left Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee complex, but that hasn’t stopped him learning how to create and host websites, set up a small business and teach others how to use computers.

“What women need is economic independence”

01/04/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Bhan Sahu

In her first blog, Bhan Sahu tells us about rural entrepreneurs in the Indian village of Vihiri, who are taking their futures in their own hands.

Brazil: women builders construct new lives

08/08/2011 | Ana Aranha

Sandra Ferreira de Souza sieves piles of earth which she will use for making bricks

A group of women in Brazil have learned the basics of the building trade, thanks to Lua Nova, a non-profit organisation that helps pregnant women facing high-risk situations such as homelessness, drug addiction and domestic violence.

“Meat and soda – that’s all we want for Christmas”

12/23/2010 | Machrine Birungi

Machrine Birungi offers a tour of the financial problems that are effecting ordinary Ugandans as they prepare for Christmas this year. From the price of soda, meat and vegetables it may be a smaller celebration for many in 2010 as their shillings drop in value on the global market.

A simple vision: to light up Africa

07/27/2010 | Geoffrey Kamadi

A bicycle wheel, an assortment of mirrors and a ball of string seem unlikely components for a piece of cutting edge green technology. But this unwieldy-looking ‘solar concentrator' is the latest product of a renewable energy revolution spreading across Kenya.

From poacher to gamekeeper

06/04/2010 | Eugene Kwibuka

In Rwanda a conservationist realised that the only way to stop poachers would be to offer them an alternative to poaching. So he helped them to become gamekeepers.

The new face of taxi driving in New Delhi

06/01/2010 | Panos London

Meenu Vadera, executive director of Azad Foundation, continues, "The transformation during the course is so significant. You can see it in their body language, in their speech, their ability to negotiate. I think it’s partly stepping into a very different world. Learning to drive is like learning to swim or ride a bicycle: once you have got over the initial hesitation it makes you feel powerful." Credits: Suzanne Lee / Panos London

In New Delhi a small NGO is changing the face of taxi driving by training, and empowering, women to become taxi drivers and chauffeurs.

Stuck between the middleman and the recession

03/10/2010 | Zofeen T. Ebrahim

Zofeen T. Ebrahim talks to women affected by the global recession and talks to those who are trying to improve their conditions by organising home-workers.

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