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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

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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/

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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

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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  

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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  

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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.

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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

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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.  

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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/

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Faith Leaders United for Common-sense Immigration Reform

This is a great example of working together for the common good! WASHINGTON — Congress has a window of opportunity to approve common-sense immigration reform and should act, faith leaders agreed in a meeting with President Obama. Obama and the faith leaders, not always allies, found common ground in immigration reform and the need for it to come from Congress rather than the White House.  “In many ways we sometimes disagree, but on this matter, common-sense immigration reform, we all agree. We hope the gospel principles of faith, hope and charity will apply to any solution.” “For the first time...

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At award-winning Tijuana factory, plant offers more than just a job

One of 31 couples who married Feb. 14, 2014, at a mass wedding at the Plantronics factory in Tijuana, Mexico, pose as they receive a certificate. The factory has been named the best workplace in Mexico for three years running. Just 400 yards from the US border, its air-conditioned factory floor has natural light filtering in through the louvered roof. Employees, during breaks, congregate around pingpong and foosball tables. Not long ago, Baja California Symphony members set up chairs at the factory and played classical music at the end of one shift. A dance troupe, opera singers, a mime, and...

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Helping Women can End Poverty in the Develping World

Group loans are popular among Kiva borrowers because of the incredible support they receive from the group. The Mujeres Nuevo Amanacer Group from Guatemala attend monthly trainings on effective business practices, nutrition and health, wome…n’s rights and self-esteem, as well as workshops on organic fertilization and crop rotation practices provided by our partner Friendship Bridge. Support female entrepreneurs: These loans help these women support their families and get them out of poverty. Global Marketplace has a KIVA loan program you can contribute to. Just click on the KIVA MICROCREDIT LOAN link at the top of our home page to learn...

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Global Citizen Works to End Global Poverty

It’s about the kids. Global Citizen is  taking action so today’s kids — the next generation — can live in a world without extreme poverty. They are working to end poverty by 2030 so that, regardless of where they’re born, every child has access to education, basic healthcare, food, and clean water. In the coming weeks and months you’ll find new ways on Global Citizen to take action so the future for kids is brighter, filled with opportunity, and more just. Has anyone worked with group before? What do you think about the group? http://www.globalcitizen.org/

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Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education

We think this is an excellent way to make the world better, and to reduce poverty. What do you think? The folks behind this project use the power of storytelling, leveraged through partnerships, to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential. Our mission is to change the way the world values the girl. The film, behind-the-scenes videos, advocacy trailers and a free standards-aligned school curriculum are designed to raise awareness and inspire individuals...

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A Rare Middle East Agreement, on Water

This story in the New York Times is a good example of how working together can benefit everyone. Tell us what you think! JERUSALEM — In a rare display of regional cooperation, representatives of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement on Monday to build a Red Sea-Dead Sea water project that is meant to benefit all three parties. The project addresses two problems: the acute shortage of clean fresh water in the region, especially in Jordan, and the rapid contraction of the Dead Sea. A new desalination plant is to be built in Aqaba, Jordan, to convert salt...

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KIVA Loan 100% Repaid!

Success!! This loan was 100% repaid. A loan of $200 that Global Marketplace helped make helped Sonia to buy more cheese and yogurt for her wholesale food business. Sonia, 37, is an exemplary mother. She lives with her husband, Juan Carlos. They have 2 children, Milagros and Juan, whom they are raising in her grandmother’s house, located in the district of Huachac, Peru. For more information about our KIVA Loan Program and how you can help click on the link above.

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Just Coffee Cooperative

  Just Coffee Cooperative is an all-women worker-owned coffee roaster dedicated to creating and expanding a model of trade based on transparency, equality, and human dignity. They strive to build long-term relationships with small-scale coffee growers to bring you a truly incredible cup of coffee. The group almost when out of business until the women were put in charge. Then, they prospered.