In a System of Polygamy and Patriarchy, Ugandan Women Find Power in Lending Practices That Require Their Approval

Region: Uganda

Topics: Business

In rural Uganda, where polygamy is a common practice, a married woman is traditionally seen as a property resident rather than a property co-owner. But the 8,000 Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOs) in Uganda are giving women a voice. Men cannot put up land as loan collateral without consulting their spouse, requiring loan requests to be co-signed by wives.

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Featured Photo of a Traditional Crocheting Style in Guatemala

Region: Guatemala

Topics: Culture

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Featured Photo of a Pro-Abortion March in Buenos Aires

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Featured Photo of a Motorcycle Repair Shop in DRC

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Congolese Banana Beer, a Culture Symbol, Under Siege as Bacteria Quickly Spreads

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHealth

In Kirumba, a village in DRC's North Kivu province, banana bacterial wilt (BBW) is currently ravaging banana plantations, striking a devastating blow for local populations as they’re losing bananas they rely on not only to make a locally-cherished style of brew known as Kasiksi.

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Featured Photo of Ugandan Children at Prayer

Region: Uganda

Topics: Culture

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Budget Cuts Undermine Argentina’s Unfulfilled Guarantee of Sex Education

Region: Argentina

Topics: EducationHealth

Eleven years ago, the Argentine government passed a law guaranteeing the right of all students in public and private schools to receive comprehensive sex education. But as budget cuts threaten the national sex education program, upholding that guarantee has fallen to independent organizations and volunteers.

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Fueled By A Passion for Eliminating Deforestation, Congolese Entrepreneur Debuts Battery-powered Cookstoves

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

In Kisangani, DRC’s third-largest city, a local carpenter has taken on a new task — creating new, cost-effective cook stoves to help preserve the Ituri forest that surrounds the city. Powered by batteries that cost just 32 cents for a pair, customers say the stoves are saving them money too.

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Zimbabweans Head to Polls Next Year, But Some Are Already Questioning Results

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Politics

Voters in this southern African nation will head to the polls in 2018, but the government body that runs the elections is viewed by many as being under the control of the ruling party. This lack of independence, critics say, is causing young voters to lose faith in the process and to stay home on election day.

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Featured Photo of a Marbles Game in Guatemala

Region: Guatemala

Topics: Culture

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