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By any estimation, Twotone Grant had a difficult childhood. By the age of 12, Grant was living on the streets, and she spent nearly 8 years drifting in and out of homelessness. Her mother had severe issues with addiction and mental illness, and at times Grant felt like the streets of Los Angeles were the safest place for her to be.

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Without question, working with homeless youth is not for the weak of heart. Remarkably, Deborah Shore has been doing it for forty-five years, in one of the nation's toughest urban markets: Washington D.C. Raised on union songs in Pittsburgh, PA, Shore began working with young people at the outset of her career, and has never looked back.

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Socks are far and away the most requested item at homeless shelters, and it isn't difficult to see why. As anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors can tell you, a good pair of socks can be your best friend.

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Ethiopia has made a lot of encouraging progress in recent years, but despite two decades of economic growth, its economy is still struggling. The nation has one of the world's lowest GDPs per capita, and many Ethiopians still rely on subsistence farming. 29-year old tech entrepreneur Selam Wondim is up to the challenges facing her home country, however. And recent changes on Ethiopia's political horizon, including the election of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, have her feeling optimistic.

These days, young Ethiopians are looking more and more to technology–and it's not in search of the latest food delivery app. Where much of new technology in the West is convenience-driven, in Ethiopia people are still reliant upon technology to solve v...

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When Joelle Eyeson and her organization Hive Earth set out to address housing problems in Ghana, their goal was to provide structures that were both eco-friendly and affordable. For instance, building with cement is especially bad for air quality in Ghana's hot climate, so they came up with an alternative: their "rammed earth" technique combines laterite, clay and granite chips for a cheaper, more sustainable material that eliminates 95% of the toxic cement.

This is just one of the innovations they are incorporating into their homes to make them not just more sustainable, but more livable as well. They've also come up with a ventilation method that utilizes a solar pump, an arrangement that costs $300 to install–and nothing to opera...

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Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Aisha Bowe was the child of divorce, and dealt with many of the issues that come with the territory. She had a lack of self-esteem and scholastic problems that led to less-than-stellar grades, excluding her from consideration at a top school. But she soldiered on at community college, and there she met a teacher who challenged her to reconsider her gifts.

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When she began putting together Surf Girls Jamaica, Imani Wilmot wanted to do more than just start a surf club. By creating a women-only club, her aim was to empower local women through their common love of the sport. Now she is the subject of a new documentary, also titled “Surf Girls Jamaica,” which examines the important role that Imani’s camp has played in these women’s lives.

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Growing up as one of six children in a single-parent household in Myanmar, Ma Khin learned a thing or two about poverty. So when she decided to open a restaurant that trains homeless street kids to be chefs and waiters, she knew she would be throwing herself into a tricky role. “The children on the streets have psychological issues,” the former tour guide says. “Sometimes we have children with criminal records. Sometimes we have thieves....on the streets, they steal in order to fill their stomachs.”

Still, Ma Khin's premise was sound; the restaurant, named LinkAge, has persevered. And Ma Khin is just one of twenty entrepreneurs being celebrated for working to uplift Asian communities, by Channel NewsAsia’s Ch...

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In 2014, Subhajit Roy and Gargi Mazumdar competed in the Global Learning XPRIZE competition to promote learning using technology. They were shortlisted, and after the competition, they decided to quit their full-time jobs to create an enterprise version of their software that would benefit underprivileged students in rural India.

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Papua, New Guinea is a country of more than 8 million people, but most would be hard-pressed to point it out on a map. That isolation, caused by years of colonialism and exploitation, makes it very difficult for citizens to find markets for their products.

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