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From Favela to Fashion

'You can see the invisible!'

This is what Tete Romeiro was told when did the unexpected and paid off a bank loan, long before it was due, for the building that she built for the women's sewing cooperative she founded in the early 1980s.

And it’s true. She was able to see what others could not: the potential for a successful high fashion business in a Brazilian shantytown.

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Plug In to Pump Up: A Gym Goes the Distance to Conserve Energy

At a little gym in Portland, OR, powering through a tough workout on the elliptical machine can actually work a lot more than your biceps and thighs. Inspired by a similar fitness center in Hong Kong, The Green Microgym generates electricity using a combination of solar power and the dogged pedaling of exercisers' feet.

Founded by fitness trainer Adam Boesel, The Green Microgym opened its doors last September, and has since generated thousands of watts of electricity by harnessing the power of its patrons.

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Legitimizing Trash Recycling in Argentina: Claiming Dignity, Safety and Economic Opportunity for Trash Recyclers in Buenos Aires

One of four persons in Argentina is unemployed in the wake of the nation's recent economic meltdown. Hundreds of people in Buenos Aires, the capital city, are trying to support themselves and their families by scavenging recyclable materials from the garbage. Scavenging, however, is a marginal, disreputable and unhealthy activity that is subject to police prosecution.

 

 

 

 

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A Spark Enables Factory Owners to See the Light

Suraiya Haque was a well-to-do woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh looking for domestic help. When an applicant came to her door with a child in tow, she turned the young woman away. But the experience ignited a spark in her mind. She began to investigate the sorry state of childcare in Dhaka and came up with a great idea.

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When a Mountain Trek is a Monumental Leap – for Women

Lucky Chhetri came up with a plan to help tourists and improve the lives of Nepalese women at the same time, after hearing numerous stories from female trekkers who'd had uncomfortable -- or worse -- experiences with their male guides.

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