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Tedcor model helps out small businesses with refuse removal in South Africa

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Tedcor started its community-based refuse removal system in 1992. Today, using Tedcor's model, over 80 trained entrepreneurs operate their own small businesses in 16 local authorities. They provide employment to more than 1,000 historically disadvantaged people and supply waste removal services to...

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TEMASOL: Providing Energy Access to Remote Rural Households in Morocco

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In Morocco, despite the government’s efforts to expand its grid-based coverage, about 9% of the rural population could not be cost-effectively connected. Given that Morocco enjoys 3,000 hours of sun per year, solar energy was therefore thought to be a cost-effective alternative. TEMASOL is a...

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Food for Development in Nigeria

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In 2004, the Nasarawa State Government (NSG), under the mandate of Nigerian President Obasanjo, collaborated with Tetra Pak West Africa (TPWA) in the development of a state‐wide school feed programme using Nutri‐Sip, a maize‐based meal supplement that had been developed and deployed in South...

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Toyola Charcoal Stove: Improving the Environment and Health of the Poor in Ghana

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Toyola Energy Limited is a company that operates in Ghana. It produces and distributes energy efficient charcoal stoves and solar lanterns for domestic users in the urban and rural parts of Ghana. Toyola entrepreneurs Suraj Wahab and Ernest Kyei – two artisans - have implemented an innovative...

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Vitmark partners with small scale fruit farmers in Ukraine

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Annually Vitmark, a leading beverages producer, purchases about 40,000 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables from small–scale farmers (more than 2,500 employees) and from about 25 large domestic agricultural suppliers in Ukraine.

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Public-private partnerships provide microfinance to remote regions of Voronezh Oblast

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The Voronezh Oblast State Fund for Small Business Support (hereafter referred to as ‘the Fund’) in cooperation with a multitude of partners started in 2009 to provide microfinance services and mobile banking for micro-and small businesses in the remote regions of Voronezh Oblast. The...

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A sucessful community/private/public partnership model for waste recycling in Bangladesh

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In Bangladesh, the large proportion of urban population combined with limited waste collection systems poses serious social, environmental and health problems. A social enterprise called Waste Concern has found a way to transform solid waste into organic compost using a low cost, low-tech and...

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Coffee company benefits small scale Indonesian farmers and increases employment

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P.T. Toarco Jaya, subsidiary of Key Coffee Ltd., a large Japanese company, established a brand of specialty coffee called “Toarco Toraja” by procuring Arabica coffee from Indonesian farmers, and by running its own coffee plantation in the country.

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Partnership helps to improve training and production facilities for those with sight and hearing impairments in Turkmenistan

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One of the most noticeable absences in policies with regards to disabilities in Turkmenistan is its lack of incentives to help integrate people with physical disabilities into society and the economy. One of the main NGOs in Turkmenistan working with disabled is the Deaf and Blind Society (DBS).

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Paper Recycling enterprise in Albania focuses on including smaller businesses and improving the environment

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Edipack is a leading paper recycling and packaging material enterprise, located in one of the environmentally most hazardous places in Albania. With the aim of including poor and vulnerable people in its supply chain and generating income opportunities, Edipack cooperates with three NGOs, which...