Stories: Business

  • Did Russia Really Boost Its Birthrate by Promising New Mothers Prize Money and Refrigerators?

    Russia is hardly the only country with worries about population decline—birthrates are falling below the replacement fertility rate in nearly every industrialized country in the world. Russia, though, has faced a significantly more dramatic demographic bust than most places. Thanks to a combination of low fertility, high mortality rates, and emigration, the Russian population declined by...

  • FashionAble Women In Ethiopia

    Twenty years ago, Cherry had completed her university degree in business, but was still unemployed. Driving with her family one night past the prostitutes on the streets of Addis Ababa she and her family sparked a discussion that left her wondering about what separated her life from theirs. The street women who flashed them as they passed stayed in...

  • Homeless in Tanzania

    Sixteen-year-old Lenard Baraka grips the air above his head. He is miming how, four years ago, he slipped under a car, grabbed onto the chassis and held on, upside down. He doesn’t remember how long the trip took, but it was ‘very far’. This was how Lenard ran away from home at 12 years old, and the...

  • The Environmental Cost of the Construction Boom in Haiti

    The construction boom in Haiti--driven by Diasporan money, UN [MINUSTAH] and government funds--is destroying the local environment around the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. Hillsides are being cut away and river beds decimated to feed the huge demand for rock and gravel for personal homes, warehouses and post earthquake reconstruction by the government–in short everything but low cost housing. I...

  • Finding a Business Solution to Tanzania’s Agriculture Problem

    In center of this East African nation, two organizations are working with poor farmers to prove that business, rather than traditional aid, is the key to making sustainable gains out of poverty. The idea is a popular one in the development community, and seemingly obvious, but moving from concept to reality has it challenges. The government of Tanzania and...

  • Simple Innovations Revolutionize Farming in Tanzania

    Zanzibar is a small island about 20 miles off the Tanzanian mainland in East Africa. Nestled in the Indian Ocean, this semi-autonomous tropical nation, known as “Spice Island” is home to close to a million inhabitants. Though the African and Arab hybrid population relies heavily on the fishing industry, over 75% of Zanzibari’s are sustenance farmers. Tourism has...

  • Young Zambian Women and Their Fight Against HIV/AIDS

    Africa, I’m sure you know, is an expansive continent, but did you know it is filled with 1.3 billion youths between the ages of 15 – 24? Experts have called the growing number of youths in Africa the “youth bulge” and everyone from multinational companies to governments are taking notice. Many positive stories are emerging from the continent...

  • Mark Kaigwa Named Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Young Africa Entrepreneurs

    Mark Kaiga, a creative director, filmmaker, digital marketer and entrepreneur, has been named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 Best Young African Entrepreneurs. Kaigwa is currently reporting on child survival in India on an IRP trip. Kaigwa comments, "It's truly an honor to be included in such a prestigious list alongside such accomplished entrepreneurs. I've been incredibly fortunate to stand...

  • Safe Drinking Water in India: How Smart Design Positioned Unilever as a Leader

    Hindustan Unilever is India’s largest consumer goods company, with $4 billion in annual sales and over 16,000 employees–over 5,000 of whom work at the company’s headquarters in suburban Mumbai. The division of the Dutch-British conglomerate dates back to the 1930s and its oldest brand has its origins in 1885. From noodles to laundry bar soap to hair care,...

  • Niramaya’s Uphill Struggle to Provide Health Care in Mumbai’s Poorest Neighborhoods

    If there is one NGO that makes miracle lemonade out of lemons, it would be the Niramaya Health Foundation in Mumbai, India. Its dedicated staff work tirelessly the Deonar Dumping Ground, arguably India’s oldest and largest landfill located in the Mumbai’s eastern suburbs. Adjacent to Deonar are neighborhoods such as M Ward,...