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In Mongolia, Yak Wool Is the New Cashmere

Region: Mongolia

Topics: AgricultureEconomyInnovationJobs

A local cooperative helps herders capitalize on a common Mongolian resource: yaks. Workers can spin their soft undercoats into wool as soft as cashmere – and consumers around the world are taking notice.

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Tseltal Girls Shatter Stereotypes on the Football Field

Region: Mexico

Topics: CultureInnovationWomen's Rights

In northern Chiapas, Mexico, education is optional for girls – at least, that’s what some believe. One high school wants to battle these gender stereotypes and keep girls in class, but their solution isn’t inside the school at all.

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Despite Growing Popularity, Drones Remain Unregulated in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: InnovationLegal Rights

Drones have proven so useful in Uganda that the government might use them to deliver blood and medicine to remote areas. But the unmanned aircraft also poses a security risk that officials have yet to address.

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Private Cemetery Promises Safe Resting Place for the Rich

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: CultureInnovation

Grave desecration is common in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s public cemeteries. A private cemetery aims to create a safe, modern alternative – for those who can afford it.

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Truck Convoy Brings Welcome Boom to DRC Town Once Plagued by Violence

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EconomyInfrastructureInnovation

Kanyabayonga, an area of DRC known for killings and kidnappings, never needed restaurants because there were never any customers. But a new truck convoy system that ensures safer travel has Kanyabayonga residents turning profits.

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Sri Lanka’s ‘Lady Seats’ Promote Safe Travel for Women

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: EntrepreneurshipInnovation

The country’s women, faced with the threat of sexual assault, often avoid taking long-distance buses alone. A local entrepreneur devised a way to assuage their fears.

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Mexico City’s Street Musicians Seek Legal Recognition to Protect 600-Year-Old Tradition

Region: Mexico

Topics: ArtsInnovationLegal Rights

Musicians who perform on Mexico City’s streets are often harassed by police. Now, a group of them have formed a collective, seeking legal recognition of public performance spaces.

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How Sri Lankans Are Preserving History, One Manuscript At a Time

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: CultureInnovation

Thousands of one-of-a-kind manuscripts written on palmyrah leaves that were lost during Sri Lanka’s civil war, are being recovered. Now, local people are working to digitize them and preserve the history they contain.

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Women in India Are Creating the Menstrual Products They Need

Region: India

Topics: AccessEntrepreneurshipHealthInnovationReproductive Rights

In many parts of India, women still struggle against the taboo of their periods and often don’t have the hygiene products they need. Now, female entrepreneurs are taking matters into their own hands and producing the products themselves.

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To Cut Costs and Prevent Deforestation, DRC Women Make Fuel From Household Waste

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureEarthEnvironmentInfrastructureInnovation

Rates of deforestation in DRC have spiked, and many environmentalists attribute the rise to demand for charcoal. Now, some women forgo the popular fuel by making their own alternative, saving money – and the forest – in the process.

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