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Habitat for Humanity partners with ArcelorMittal designing low-cost steel housing solution

In 2008, soon after the Tecucel River in Romania flooded and destroyed more than 300 homes, the ArcelorMittal Foundation formed a global partnership with Habitat for Humanity to improve affected families’ lives.

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Through an initiative of ASGN, micro-credit and tourism save giraffes in Niger

ASGN (the Association to Safeguard the Giraffes of Niger) used grants from the Wildlife Protection Foundation in the UK and from the Zoo de Doue in France to set up a successful micro-credit scheme.

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Western Union takes microfinance route for rural spread

In 2009, money transfer company, Western Union, tied up with microfinance institutions (MFIs) and e-governance service providers to facilitate financial inclusion in India.

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Danone focuses on providing and promoting affordable dairy products in India

Since 2009, Groupe Danone, the $18-billion French dairy company, has been developing strategies for India by leveraging on its experience, involving easily affordable dairy products, in Bangladesh.

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Seventh Generation and WAGES partner to form a cooperative in San Francisco

Seventh Generation, an American company that distributes household and personal care products, has partnered with Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES) to launch a new worker-owned residential green cleaning cooperative in San Francisco.

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NGO to assist Nigerian government towards alleviation of poverty through micro-credit

The Growing Businesses Foundation (GBF, a Nigerian NGO), has announced its intention to contribute to the Federal Government's fight towards the alleviation of poverty in Nigeria by providing access to micro credit facilities at the grass roots and to small scale entrepreneurs.

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FLO and ARM launch Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold Standards

The Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) have developed the first ever third party independent certification for gold to bring about social, environmental and economic development in artisanal and small-scale mining communities.

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Micro-credit project for Darfur refugees

The Pilot Light Foundation, an organisation that creates and supports small projects in Africa that have the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for impoverished Africans in non urban areas, and the Sudan Self Help Foundation, an NGO that supports projects aimed at promoting...

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Uganda : Project Hope and Hard Work

The importance of microcredit in Uganda has soared in the recent decade and the instrument is now seen as one of the most effective tools to tackle poverty in the country.

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From pastry seller to kiosk owner: a micro-credit success story in Ghana

Sinapi Aba Trust is an autonomous private non-governmental organization registered in 1994 as a company limited by guarantee. SAT provides microfinance services to entrepreneurs in small and micro enterprises in Ghana.

Business Innovation Facility

The Business Innovation Facility is a three-year pilot programme running from July 2010 to June 2013, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and it's Alliance Partners. The work is delivered by a network of Country Teams supported...

Fairtrade Africa

Fairtrade Africa is the independent non-profit umbrella organisation representing all Fairtrade certified producers in Africa. Fairtrade Africa is a member of Fairtrade International (FLO) which unites three producer networks (Fairtrade Africa; CLAC – Latin America and the Caribbean; and NAP –...

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In partnership with Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), Sanofi-aventis has developed ASAQ, the first once-a-day fixed-dose antimalarial combination drug.

In April 2005, Sanofi-aventis signed an agreement with Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) to develop a new medicine against malaria, in response to a call from the World Health Organization (WHO) for malaria be treated by drug combinations to combat resistance.

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Grameen Danone creates a social dairy business enterprise in Bangladesh

Grameen Danone Foods, popularly known as "Grameen Danone" is a social business enterprise which, launched in 2006, has been designed to provide children with many of the key nutrients that are typically missing from their diet in rural Bangladesh.

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Unilever commits to purchase all of its tea from sustainable and ethical sources

Since 1999, the Unilever Corporation, a Europe-based international conglomerate, has been executing a pilot program on its tea estates in Kericho, Kenya. The program is part of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, a food industry initiative to actively support the development of...

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In collaboration with NGOs, Philips helps provide rural healthcare in India

Philips Apollo Hospitals, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and the Dhan Foundation join together to create The DISHA (Distance Healthcare Advancement) project, an initiative aimed at enhancing the access to primary health care services to the approximately 275 million people in India who...

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Merrill Lynch and the Greenlining Institute announce a $500 million initiative for under-served California communities

In 2003, Merrill Lynch and the Greenlining Institute announced a $500 million initiative to expand small business lending and promote economic opportunities in Asian Pacific, Latino and African-American communities throughout California.

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WIZZIT reaching the Unbanked of South Africa

WIZZIT is a South African company that has developed a mobile phone based banking service for unbanked and underbanked communities.

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Chevron subsidiary partners with local charity to engage impoverished communities in Angola

Search for Common Ground, an organisation dedicated to conflict transformation, has been working in Angola's oil-rich enclave of Cabinda since October 2006. In a private-public partnership co-funded by USAID and Chevron's local oil subsidiary, SFCG has collaborated with nine impoverished fishing...

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Virgin Atlantic offers Fairtrade tea and coffee aboard all flights

In September 2007, following a series of blind tastings of a variety of Fairtrade teas and coffees, Virgin Atlantic announced a switch to offering passengers a variety of Fairtrade products, including organic green and white teas from QI teas, a range of fresh and instant coffees by Costa Coffee...