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WaterCredit Initiative: Connecting Micro-finance to Water and Sanitation

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The WaterCredit Initiative is an initiative of WaterCredit Partners, an organisation with a long history of providing grants to assist communities with water supply and sanitation (WSS) services.

MDI Betterday Fairtrade Products: Better Quality, Better Health and Better for Society

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MDI is a young and small 20 staff company specialized in equitable trade of agricultural products, including coffee, green tea, jasmine tea, snow mountain tea and cashews grown in eight provinces across Vietnam under the trademark Betterday Fairtrade. Production and primary processing of products...

Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts: Crafting a Brighter Tomorrow for Disavantaged Women and Minorities in Vietnam

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Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts (MVH) is a small and successful business, founded in 1990 by two passionate and energetic women. Building on the belief that social development is intricately tied to economic self‐reliance, Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts reaches out to artisans in underdeveloped areas and...

International Development Enterprise partner with Government to provide low cost irrigation technologies in Nepal

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International Development Enterprise (IDE) is a development organization that operates in 11 countries worldwide with the aim of creating income opportunities for poor rural households in developing countries. IDE Nepal was established in 1992 with the aim of developing low-cost irrigation...

Turkish Trailblazer: Boosting Rural Areas through Business Investment

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This is a study about a female entrepreneur in Turkey who achieved business success by breaking from the conventional practices preferred by others in her industry and investing in poorer parts of Turkey. Clothing, the industry in which the entrepreneur is operating, is one of the Turkish economy’s...

Creating Value For All: Community-Based Tourism in Kyrgyzstan

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Community-based tourism (CBT)-a type of a tourism that is owned and managed by the local community and its members- has emerged as a mechanism to facilitate locally based tourism activities in many developing countries, including the Kyrgyz Republic. The first CBT group was established in May 2000...

Beijing Shengchang Bioenergy S&T Co.: A Leading Bio-Energy Benefits Both Business Itself and Local Farmers in Beijing

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Agricultural waste was previously just waste, burned outside in winter. It needs a lot of labour to handle and also produces severe environmental problems. This successful business converts agricultural waste into a valuable product. Beijing Shengchang Bioenergy S&T Co., Ltd. (SBST) is a bioenergy...

Begeli and Elkana: BIOtiful Life Through Organic Products and Biodiversity

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“Begeli” Ltd is a Georgian commercial company, whose objective is to sell and promote local organic products. Begeli was founded in 2005 by the Georgian Fruit and Vegetable Ltd and Biological Farming Association "Elkana", a Georgian NGO. Elkana currently unites about 344 individual farmers, 12...

The L'Occitane Foundation helps to fund an eye care centre in Bangladesh

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ORBIS, an international NGO fighting against avoidable blindness in developing countries, is working with the L'Occitane Foundation to establish an opthalmology unit in Bangladesh. The unit will be established in an urban hospital and will have three satellite centres which will provide eye...

Sanofi Aventis and Handicap International cooperate to help earthquake victims in Pakistan

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On October 8, 2005, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 on the Richter scale struck the north of Pakistan, causing over 73,000 deaths and nearly 3.5 million homeless. Sanofi-aventis reacted by donating medicine for emergency kits sent by TULIPE (Emergency Transfers from the Pharmaceutical Industry),...