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Homeboy Industries Sign of Hope

Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs, and operates seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites. “Homeboy Industries has been the tipping point to change the metaphors around gangs and how we deal with them in Los Angeles County. This organization has engaged the imagination of 120,000 gang members and helped them to stop the pattern of violence, addiction and incarceration.”  said Father Greg Like this:Like Loading…

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A Nonprofit that Creates Sustainable Hygiene Programs!

Here is a recent post by Kathleen Ebbitt of Global Citizen we want to share with you! One of the great privileges of working at Global Citizen is meeting inspiring people. As a budding humanitarian with a passion for women’s rights and international development, I often feel confounded by the massive barriers in achieving gender parity. Occasionally, I feel so overwhelmed by the enormity of the task in solving important issues that it lessens my desire to act. What can I, as a single human being, possibly do? The answer to this question comes from visionary Erin Zaikis and her...

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Women coffee producers strike success in Nairobi!

East African women receive preliminary commitments for US$1.6m worth of coffee at the African Fine Coffees Association Conference and Exhibition – See more at: http://www.intracen.org/news/Women-coffee-producers-strike-success-in-Nairobi/#sthash.AJOsROv4.dpuf The American comedian Jerry Seinfeld once said that ‘Coffee solves all … problems in one delightful cup’. That might be an overstatement, but ‘delighted’ can certainly describe the women coffee producers the International Trade Centre (ITC) helped participate in the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) Conference and Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya. During the conference, held on 12-14 February, ITC organized more than 100 B2B meetings between women coffee producers from across East Africa and international...

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Something is cooking at the United Nations Geneva

  The United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland has recently published a unique cookbook, Recipes for Peace, Rights & Well-being, which shares the secrets of many “recipes” for its peace and humanitarian initiatives that have changed the world, combined with superb recipes from some of Geneva’s most celebrated chefs. The cookbook is part of the International Geneva Perception Change project that was launched in 2014, to highlight the impact of the work done by all of the UN and international organizations, NGO’s and other institutions based in Geneva. For more information click here:   Like this:Like Loading…

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Support other producers like Angeline by shopping for fair trade gifts this Valentines Day!

Angeline is a young entrepreneur living in the Hurungwe District of Zimbabwe. Over the past few years, Angeline has been able to grow her poultry business thanks to Camfed, an organizations that invests in girls education and supports economic self-reliance and leadership for young women. Angeline is repaying her loan with “social interest” by volunteering as a learner guide at schools in her community, part of Camfed’s program to improve education. Support other producers like Angeline by shopping for fair trade gifts this Valentines Day! Visit our new Fair Trade retail store on Amazon.com. Find great gifts and help fair trade producers...

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Donate to our KIVA Loan Fund so we can make more loans like this!

Greetings from Bolivia! This is Cipriano, a dairy farmer from La Paz who is also a widower with 2 young daughters. Thanks to his loan from Kiva, he has been able to purchase more cows to milk and increase his income for his family. Please consider a tax deductible contribution to our Microcredit KIVA Loan Fund. You contribution will help us expand our loans like this one. 100% of the money you donate will be loaned by Global Marketplace to groups via our KIVA Microcredit Loan Fund. If you make your donation today you can deduct it on your 2014...

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The Wendwaogo Mogtedo group in Burkina Faso has Repaid their Loan!

Many loans found on Kiva are group loans that are divided up between multiple borrowers who live in the same community. The groups support each other, share knowledge and provide encouragement to pay back the loans. The Wendwaogo Mogtedo group in Burkina Faso is made up of all female rice producers and they have successfully repaid their loan! Please consider a tax deductible contribution to our Microcredit KIVA Loan Fund. You contribution will help us expand our loans like this one. Just go to:  http://www.globalmarketplace.org/donate-to-our-kiva-loan-fund/   Like this:Like Loading…

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KIVA Loans Help Armenian Family

Arpine is a young Armenian woman who runs a farm with her husband, their two children, and her parents-in-law. Since 2007 they have been breeding animals and cultivating the land. Thanks to her second loan from Kiva Field Partner Nor Horizon, she has been able to buy more oat seeds to use as fodder for the animals! Like this:Like Loading…

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A big shout-out for soleRebels for opening its first international store in #SiliconValley

VENTURES AFRICA – 10 years on, SoleRebels, a rapidly emerging footwear maker based in Ethiopia, is increasingly distancing its from its humble beginning as a simple community project to a reputable international brand, attaining another milestone by unveiling a new international store in Silicon Valley, a home to global tech brands such as Apple. To learn more go to: http://www.ventures-africa.com/2014/10/from-community-project-to-silicon-valley/ Like this:Like Loading…

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Congratulations Malala Yousafzai on winning the Nobel Peace Prize!

As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived. To read more about this wonderful women to to: http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/10/15/355160473/what-will-malalas-nobel-peace-prize-mean-for-girls-education Like this:Like Loading…

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Greetings from Zimbabwe!

 Meet an all-star borrower from Kiva Field Partner CamFed: Dadirai, a 21 year-old mother committed to helping young women in her rural community as they seek economic empowerment. She runs her own business, takes care of her family and simultaneously serves as the Cama District chairperson representing young women in her community. Like this:Like Loading…

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Enhancing women’s economic empowerment by linking artisans to the international fashion industry!

“Through the initiative, over 7000 women who are micro-entrepreneurs have already benefited from job opportunities and dignified work which have helped to improve lives with more than 80% of women being able to educate their children.” Read more about the Ethical Fashion Initiative of the International Trade Centre’s efforts to connect artisans living in under-served communities to global fashion chains. http://www.intracen.org/news/Enhancing-womens-economic-empowerment-by-linking-artisans-to-the-international-fashion-industry/#sthash.ROLNxFEZ.dpuf   Like this:Like Loading…

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Why Homeboy Silkscreen and Embroidery?

For 26 years, Homeboy Industries has been giving hope to high-risk, previously incarcerated, and formerly gang-involved individuals looking to change their lives. Located in gang-neutral territory in downtown Los Angeles, Homeboy Silkscreen and Embroidery is one of seven social enterprises providing jobs and training. Through a therapeutic environment and belief that community trumps gang, Homeboy Industries has helped thousands of men and women to envision an exit ramp off the “freeway” of violence, addiction and incarceration. When you customize your merchandise or promotional items with Homeboy Silkscreen and Embroidery, you support our mission and help ensure that our programs and...

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KIVA Small Loan Helps Guatemala Family Business

Siblings Priscilla and Elias trace their roots to a village that literally means ‘the Land of Flowers’. Through hard work and dedication, they’ve been able to expand their Land of Flowers well beyond the small area of Guatemala that their grandmother started selling flowers from in the 1920s. To help continue their success, a Kiva loan will finance a delivery van, allowing them to cater clients at larger events. http://ow.ly/BF7yZ   Like this:Like Loading…

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Cultivate Environmental Stewardship with Fair Trade

Fair Trade seeks to offer current generations the ability to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Members actively consider the implications of their decisions on the environment and promote the responsible stewardship of resources. Members reduce, reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials wherever possible. They encourage environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire trading chain. Like this:Like Loading…

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A new tool in the fight against hunger was introduced in Mali early this year!

The Forward Purchase Facility is a tool that gives World Food Programme an advance so it can buy a specific amount of food and get it delivered to warehouses ah…ead of the lean season. It also gives WFP the lead-time required to purchase locally and, with food at-the-ready, the agency can practically start loading-up the trucks the moment a donation is confirmed. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1vjawUa Like this:Like Loading…

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Here’s a delicious-looking summer salad recipe from Andean Naturals — using fair trade quinoa, of course!

By Elisha Joyce on August 18, 2014 I went to a BBQ this past weekend and, of course, was asked to bring a ‘quinoa salad of some sort’. Now, when you ask me to bring a quinoa salad, I get really excited. Why? Well, because I love quinoa, of course. But, more importantly I get excited because it’s a chance to introduce people to how flavorful, fragrant, and wonderful a quinoa dish can be. I get excited to show everyone that quinoa is a true crowd pleaser… I get excited to have people say, “Wow, can I get the recipe?”...

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Check out Kiva’s Field Partner Living Goods!

Living Goods develops and educates networks of micro-entrepreneurs in family health and supports the distribution of life-improving products such as clean cookstoves, water filters, solar lights,… and simple treatments for malaria and diarrhea. With their innovative entrepreneurship model, communities can improve their standard of living, reduce household expenses and carbon footprints, and create sustainable income opportunities.   Like this:Like Loading…

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11 Reasons why education can’t wait for your attention

Education has taken a backseat to other issue areas in the fight to end extreme poverty. Health initiatives, for example, have received tremendous support, and as such have shown incredible progress. We are not saying that health initiatives aren’t crucial to fighting extreme poverty- of course they are. And we definitely are not saying we need to turn our attention away from these other issue areas. What we are trying to say is this- education is an equally important component to ending extreme poverty, and it needs our attention now. To make our point, here are 11 reasons education can’t wait:  To read the rest of this article from Global...

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“I am thankful to God and then UPAVIM. It is because of UPAVIM that I am alive”

Pregnant with her fourth child, Anderson, Sonia decided to ask for a job at UPAVIM (a Fair Trade craft maker in Guatemala) because she could work from home and take care of her children. The first craft she was asked to make was a wreath of worry dolls. “At first the work was really hard because I didn’t know how to do it and I didn’t have the confidence to ask the other women for help. One day I just sat crying and crying over this wreath.” Another UPAVIM worker approached her and taught her how to make the wreaths. She...

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International Day of Friendship

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity. The Day is also intended to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of...

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In Tibetan settlements across India, young entrepreneurs like Nyima play a key role in preserving Tibetan culture.

Nyima Dhondup, 22, watched many of his Tibetan peers in India leave in search of better opportunities overseas. But with training and support from TechnoServe, Nyima stayed in the Mundgod settlement and launched a cybercafe in his community. More than 100,000 Tibetan refugees live in settlements across India, where the preservation of Tibetan culture is threatened by widespread unemployment and the out-migration of young Tibetans. As part of our efforts to create sustainable economic opportunities in Tibetan settlements, TechnoServe selected 60 entrepreneurs, including Nyima, to receive intensive business training and mentoring. Now, Nyima says, “I would like to set up cafes...

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Melvin Estrada has more than doubled the income from his cabbage farm!

Melvin Estrada is a cabbage farmer in Chagüite Grande, a small village in northern Nicaragua. He used to sell his cabbages for an average of 20 cents each, struggling to provide for his family. With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, TechnoServe helped Melvin and fellow members of the Tomatoya-Chagüite Grande cooperative increase their yields and grow higher quality produce. Melvin’s farm now uses a drip irrigation system and successive plantings, allowing him to harvest cabbage year-round to meet the demand of a national supermarket chain. As a result of these improvements, Melvin has more than doubled his...

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Aid works. Here are 20 examples that prove it!

When we hear about development aid, it is usually spewing from the mouth of an isolationist politician. While the conclusion “too many of our tax dollars are funding poor people in other countries” seems logical on the surface, it is flawed. Money does flow from developed nations to developing ones, but it’s barely a drop in the bucket for many wealthy superpowers – even after spending on domestic social programs. In 2013, $125.6 billion of aid was allocated globally. If that sounds like a lot, it’s really not – at all. That’s only an average of 0.26% of the hundreds...

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Heart of Los Angeles helps Underserved Kids Succeed!

We always knew Selena Gomez had a heart of gold. And today she continued to prove it. This afternoon, Selena visited the Heart of Los Angeles, also known as HOLA, to spend some time with the kids involved in the organization. Heart of Los Angeles provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities. – See more at: http://heartofla.org/ Like this:Like Loading…

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