A Deep Love for Egypt Spurs Social Entrepreneurial Spirit
My father was a pharmacist in Giza, Egypt, with a number of pharmacies dotted throughout the city. Growing up, he engaged me in discussions on public and current affairs and encouraged me to argue my opinions on what was...
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Submitted by: Rania Salah Seddik
October Grantee of the Month: FIA Global Focuses on Alternative Tech To Connect the Last Mile to Banking Services
Afsar Ali and the five members of his family live in a cramped two bedroom apartment in Patna, the largest city in India’s poorest region of Bihar. Each day, he drives his taxi for hours on end, all to make a meager 200...
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Submitted by: Blythe Nicole Kladney
TEDxWBG: Scaling Up Services, Together We Can Eliminate TB
This bag belongs to Rinki. Rinki doesn’t need it anymore. She was thrown out school when she got tuberculosis. So this is tuberculosis or TB, as it’s commonly known. Though fully curable disease, it has now become a...
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Submitted by: Dr. Shelly Batra
Can we see ‘a’ patient with tuberculosis?
Back in the 1970s, I was a medical student ready to take on the world. We had a student exchange program, where students from across the world would come to India to visit and learn. One year, there was a group of young...
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Submitted by: Dr. Shelly Batra
2014 India DM Finalist Story: NEDSSS, Helping People Become Agents of Change
Meeting Sister Rosie, I quickly realized she is a force. Her infectious smile, empathetic eyes, and fierce determination makes her presence known to everyone when she walks into a room – by visitors, by her peers, and by...
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Submitted by: Carolyn Marie Florey
2014 India Development Marketplace Finalist Story: Selco - Providing those in slums access to productive lives; one solar battery at a time.
One year ago, Kumar began renting out 40 Selco solar-powered batteries to the people living in his slum community in the heart of Bangalore. Prior to this, 400 families were left to rely on cheap, easily breakable lights,...
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Submitted by: Cristina Navarrete Moreno
Where Nutritional and Economic Needs Meet, Innovation is Spurred
In the early 2000s Frank Daller and Brian Harrington were a world away from each other. Despite this, they had seemingly simultaneous experiences that would change their lives forever. In their separate travels through...
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Submitted by: Blythe Nicole Kladney
2014 India DM Finalist Story: iKure - Paving the Way to Accessible and Affordable Healthcare through Software Development
We traveled down a bumpy, dirt road in the rural areas of West Bengal towards a village called Bolpur. Three hours after leaving Kolkata, the car pulled up to an unassuming concrete building. The health care worker who...
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Submitted by: Carolyn Marie Florey
Surfacing and Scaling Innovations in Last Mile Delivery
During the last three years, the Development Marketplace program (call it DM 2.0) has been testing a new approach in nine of India’s low income states representing a population of more than 380 million of the world’s poorest.
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Submitted by: Aleem Walji
Turning on the Spigot for Crisp, Clear Water
On a warm Friday afternoon in the slums of Madhukam, in the heart of Ranchi, India, a middle-aged man arrived at a public water station with two 20-liter containers to fill. The water station - directly adjacent to an open...
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Submitted by: Drew von Glahn