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After ten years of working to uncover and report on the work of those creating sustainable solutions to poverty around the world, the Billions Rising Foundation will close its doors this month.

Through our groundbreaking book, blog, social media and BlogTalk radio show, over the past decade we've shared hundreds of inspiring stories of the people and organizations making strides in the fight against global poverty. Our focus on self-reliance and positive stories has helped to reshape reporting in the category, offering a media alternative that has struck a chord with readers far and wide.

We've also helped to recast people's expectations for news media, inspiring numerous talented imitators in...

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Back in 1983, when Santipada Gon Chaudhuri first used government funding to set up solar power for seventy homes in the villages of Tripura, India, solar energy was in its infancy. At the time, many considered the project a lark, figuring it was likely to go nowhere.

Chaudhuri knew better. By 1989, the ambitious technologist had led the installation of solar technology in nearly 40 villages across India's northeast. The ball was rolling at that point, and by 2000, more than 400,000 people in surrounding villages were using solar energy. That was when people began using his nickname: Solar Man.

Chaudhuri's work helped set the path for India's National Solar Mission, launched in 2010, which init...

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The last year has been so hard on so many, that the public's attention has often been diverted from the plight of the least fortunate of all: the homeless. Lack of adequate housing has only worsened during the pandemic, and the virus created a new problem to solve, that of sanitation. With cleanliness so crucial in the fight against Covid-19, where were homeless people supposed to wash their hands?

Enter Love Beyond Walls, a nonprofit founded by Atlanta's Cecilia Lester that created a unique solution: the placement of portable sinks throughout the city for homeless people to wash their hands without interference. Portable sanitation units carry five gallons of water and come equipped with soa...

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What a difference a year can make: according to the National Academy of Sciences, the number of American households in poverty was shrinking steadily before the pandemic began. Sadly, just one year after Covid-19 emerged in the U.S., millions more households have been pushed into economic crisis. Some estimates suggest that as many as 2.5 million additional children have been forced into poverty.

Thankfully, help is finally on the way. Aside from what it provides in COVID relief, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan recently signed by President Biden offers one of the most comprehensive anti-poverty packages in modern times. Along with stimulus checks going out to most children and adults a...

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Without a doubt, the last year has been a crucial test for all of us. And during a year when the chips were truly down, it should come as no surprise that women across the world stepped up in an historic way.

This weeks's NBC feature honored five of the many women who have endured through the worst of the Covid crisis––and managed to continue giving back. From Avesta Rastan of California, whose ingenious infographics about the effects of Covid-19 went viral, to New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, praised for her decisive action during the pandemic, women have clearly emerged as the true heroes of the pandemic. To hear more about these two, and the other impressive women who have distin...

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When Hellen Tanyinga was growing up in Uganda, she was raped at just 11 years of age. While it would have been understandable for such a young girl to be crushed by a traumatic event of this sort, Hellen was strong. And with the support of her mother, she carried on, refusing to become a victim.

After graduating from university, Hellen decided to put her negative experience to work in a positive way. Returning to her home in Bukyerimba, in 2008 she established the Rape Hurts Foundation. Founded to educate her fellow Ugandans about sexual violence and campaign against rape, the org also supports and employs women seeking sanctuary, and cares for children conceived through violence.

With creativ...

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With heavy hearts, we bid farewell this week to our dear friend and founding board member Alison J. Marshall, who passed away on February 13th. Poet, philanthropist, marketer, technologist, traveler, ad executive, author––Alison was so much more than any one label could encompass. But to her friends and family, she was simply a constant source of happiness and light.

Beginning her professional career in the field of marketing and public relations, Alison had a budding interest in technology that eventually prompted her move into IT. In addition to board seats at AD-Club Orange County, the Business Professional Advertising Association and the Orange County Board for United Way Spec...

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temp-post-imagePlastic waste is a huge and growing problem, and despite the best efforts of recyclers, there is some plastic waste that simply cannot be processed. Happily, the question of what to do with this stubborn waste is being addressed by a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Nzambi Matee of Kenya, founder of Nairobi-based Gjenge Makers, is one of these innovators. Using this dense plastic waste, Matee's company manufactures bricks that are actually five to seven times stronger than those made from concrete. “There is that waste they cannot process anymore....that is what we get,” Matee explains.

Collecting much of the waste from factories for free, her factory now produces 1,500 bricks ever...

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At fully eleven months into the Covid-19 pandemic, we are finally beginning to see some signs of improvement. And despite stops and starts that have slowed the drive to vaccinate Americans, the newest numbers give us real reasons for hope.

According to the Atlantic's Covid Tracking Project, as of today hospitalizations across the U.S. have declined for 21 days in a row. Intensive Care numbers also declined throughout January; they are now down for the 19th consecutive day. And though the numbers are still dangerously high, we're now experiencing one of the longest periods of sustained decline since the pandemic began.

This is welcome news, to say the very least. For a closer look at the number...

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No doubt, the pressing need for a living wage is one of the biggest issues facing the United States today. The drive for a $15/hour minimum wage has been a persistent theme in national politics for years now, and we've all become familiar with one of the main arguments used against it: that it will lead to lost jobs.

But as we're now learning, in those places where the wage has been increased to $15/hour, those job losses haven't necessarily materialized. Researchers at Princeton looked at a five-year analysis of the impacts of these wage increases at McDonald’s locations across the U.S., and what they found might just surprise you: today's MarketWatch has the details.