Usual Rent Deals in Buenos Aires Force Many Into Informal Settlements

Region: Argentina

Topics: InfrastructureLegal Rights

Rents in many informal settlements in Buenos Aires are just as high as rents in the city’s safer districts, which boast better utilities. But many have no choice but to live in the former, because rental contracts in the latter demand costly down payments beyond the reach of many locals.

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How One Woman Is Crushing Gender Stereotypes, One Taxi Ride at a Time

Region: Guatemala

Topics: Jobs

Adriana González is the only female taxi driver working in her village of Chaquijyá, Guatemala. She’s not only making money in a male-dominated industry, but she’s serving as a shining example to other young people and women.

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Two Dozen New Murals Change the Picture at Mexico City’s Massive Open-Air Wholesale Market

Region: Mexico

Topics: ArtsCulture

Massive public murals have a long and storied history as an art form in Mexico. With the Central de Abasto – the world’s largest open-air wholesale market – as its canvas, the cooperative We Do Things has brought more than two dozen murals to the walls of the market, despite the obstacles of an earthquake and a shortage of funds.

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Mexican Students Choose Sugary Drinks Over Contaminated Water

Region: Mexico

Topics: HealthWater

Studies have shown that in one Mexican town, all the water sources are contaminated. Students there are forgoing water – but the alternative may be just as bad for their health.

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In Buenos Aires, School Construction Stalls Despite Overflowing Classrooms

Region: Argentina

Topics: ClassroomEducation

Public school classrooms in Buenos Aires are bursting at the seams, but new construction projects are at a standstill. Meanwhile, teachers worry that the poor learning environment will come at a cost for students.

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In DRC, Married Women Receive Preferential Access to Birth Control

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Reproductive RightsWomen's Rights

Unmarried women say access to birth control has declined significantly here. Unlikely to receive contraceptives at a hospital or clinic, single women turn to pharmacies, where expired or fake birth control is taking a toll on their health.

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Awareness Campaigns Encourage DRC Citizens to Register for Birth Certificates

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human Rights

The Congo Wars, which devastated Democratic Republic of the Congo in the late 1990s, continue to affect citizens’ access to civil services and their ability to register for birth certificates. Now, humanitarian organizations are encouraging citizens to register by raising awareness about just how much that document can do.

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In One Ugandan Village, Residents Grapple With Marauding Monkeys

Region: Uganda

Topics: Environment

As urbanization in Uganda grows, monkeys are being forced out of their natural habitats and are moving into human territory to search for food. Now, many residents are struggling to come to terms with the primate invasion.

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In Mexico, Stocking up on Pastries to Sell

Region: Mexico

Topics: Moments

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Coffee, a Storied Source of Wealth in Rural DRC, Grows Again

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureBusinessEconomy

The terrain around Hutwe, a village in DRC’s North Kivu province, has long been rich and fertile, but armed violence there in the 1990s and 2000s isolated the area. Now, the violence has abated, and a cooperative is helping farmers process and sell their high-quality coffee.

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