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Opportunities for education in many areas of sub-Saharan Africa are scarce, and more than one-fifth of primary-school-age kids do not attend school throughout the region. Not content to sit on the sidelines, an organization called Street Child is acting to provide solutions for sub-Saharan children.

And they haven't been slow to the task. In the last decade, the org has helped to educate more than 250,000 children, and helped over 25,000 families start their own businesses. Now they've even enlisted the help of the royal family: Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, became a Patron Ambassador of Street Child when the organization joined forces with Children in Crisis.

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Born in a small fishing village in Senegal, Magatte Wade left her home country as a girl to live with her parents in France. Just old enough to see the differences between Senegal and France, Wade found herself puzzled.

As Wade got older, she began to notice a pattern: in wealthier nations, it was much easier for people to start a business than it was in poorer nations like Senegal. Since more business means more opportunities for everyone, she asked herself: could the key be encouragement of entrepreneurship?

Wade knew that in her hometown, there were few opportunities to break out of poverty. She came to see that the best way for her to change the situation at home would be to do it herself&...

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Though it's something that most of us rarely think about, water is easily the most vital resource that we have on this planet. Sadly, people are so accustomed to having easy, cheap access to clean running water that they end up taking it for granted.

In reality, water is a resource in dire need of protection. America's water processing infrastructure is badly aging, and in need of a wholesale upgrade. To call attention to this problem, five years ago the people at The Value of Water created Imagine a Day Without Water, which was celebrated this year on October 23rd. The org uses the annual event to raise awareness, and to urge people to consider how even a single day without water would affec...

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For many people, a proper shower is often a luxury. And that doesn't just apply to the homeless; there are droves of other people who live without access to proper bathing facilities. Case in point: the 'Anchor-Outs' of Richardson Bay. The term refers to people who live and work on boats in the Bay, which abuts Sausalito and Marin County. Hundreds of people who didn't have regular access to showers--until now.

The people at Marin Mobile Care saw a need, and they've taken steps to address it. Recently, Sausalito became the third city to offer free showers through MMC, joining nearby cities of Novato and San Rafael. From all indications, the program is a great success--and the effect on the par...

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As a youngster growing up in California's Salinas Valley, Fabiola Moreno Ruelas dealt with more than her share of hardship. She saw her father deported, and her family routinely struggled with housing and basic needs, at one point facing eviction.

Fortune is fickle however, and Fabiola received $29,000 on her 18th birthday as part of an injury settlement. But when the young student started to thinking of how to spend the money, she realized it shouldn't be on herself. Fabiola set up a scholarship program instead, naming it after her mother: the Ruelas Family Scholarship. Once Fabiola had ironed out the details, applications poured in, and Fabiola awarded her first scholarships to four student...

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In 2018, Nigeria overtook India as the nation with the largest population living in extreme poverty. Among the many problems the rapidly growing country faces is energy security: the country's power grid has failed half a dozen times already in 2019.

Ugwem I. Eneyo grew up in Andoni in the Niger Delta, and she is the founder and CEO of SHYFT Power Solutions, an energy tech firm that develops technology solutions to optimize energy "grid reliability and resiliency.” And despite the steep slope women of color must negotiate to raise VC money, her company is making real progress.

To read more about Eneyo and SHYFT's breakthrough technology, read the recent Forbes article.

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Here at Billions Rising we have always emphasized self-reliance, and solutions that empower those in poverty to better themselves and their communities. One organization that is doing great work in this area is Street Business School, a non-profit that works with other orgs to provide next-level entrepreneurial training for women.

For the past fifteen years, SBS has worked to help women become small-scale entrepreneurs--and their track record is remarkable. On average, women who graduate from the SBS program go from making $1.35/day to $4.19/day two years after graduation. Even better, 89% of their graduates have businesses of their own.

The organization has tested and evaluated their methods ...

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Family farms are a strong tradition in the United States, and the vast majority of American farms are family-owned. Unfortunately, food waste is a big problem with smaller farms, and nearly one-third of the food produced by local families is never consumed.

CropMobster is trying to solve that problem, by connecting communities to reduce waste. For starters, they find buyers for family farms' excess food, both helping their bottom line and getting food to those who need it most. So far they've prevented more than a million servings of local products from going into the waste bin–and they're just getting started.

To learn more about the people behind CropMobster, check out Food Tank's inte...

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Hospitality and restaurant workers have tough jobs. In fact, they experience higher rates of substance abuse, alcoholism and depression than almost any other field.

Patrick Mulvaney, head chef for a Sacramento restaurant, has seen his share of hard times in the industry. After a number of his friends in the culinary field passed away, he was further shaken by the death of food legend Anthony Bourdain. This experience inspired him to launch I Got Your Back, a new movement to care for the mental health of restaurant employees.

To learn more, read the feature story on the Good News Network.

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When Mohan Sudabattula was volunteering in the prosthetic department of a Utah hospital, he noticed that medical rehab equipment like crutches and wheelchairs tended to have a short life: that is, it was typically used by one person, then thrown away.

This experience became the impetus behind Project Embrace, Sudabattula's nonprofit organization. Today, the 23-year-old student and his team of volunteers scour the shelves of thrift stores and other sources, and receive personal donations from the community. They refurbish the gear, then send it to medical facilities around the world where it can be used again.

To hear more about this remarkable young world-changer, read the feature article.