Social Entrepreneurs: Taking On World Problems
Feb 11, 2014 — A coalition of nonprofits hopes to attack the problem using a well-known tool in the private sector — a real estate investment trust that allows investors to pool their funds to buy property.
Jan 1, 2014 — A local Christian aid group is trying to help villages adapt by planting drought-tolerant crops and setting up pumps for irrigation. But even with new methods and crops, farmers still need to know: When is it safe to plant?
Dec 2, 2013 — David Risher, who helped Amazon become an online retail behemoth, has set his sights on a new frontier: global literacy. Using e-readers and cellphone apps, Risher's nonprofit, Worldreader, brings books to students in literature-starved communities.
Nov 25, 2013 — Across the developing world, 1 in 3 girls marries before age 18. Some are wed and become mothers by the time they reach their teens. In Malawi, some villages have started to punish parents who marry off their young daughters.
Oct 14, 2013 — A new movie documents how an Indian entrepreneur created a cheap machine to make sanitary napkins for rural women on the subcontinent. Women whose self-help groups buy Arunachalam Muruganantham's machine can make more than a dollar a day — close to a global poverty line threshold — selling the pads.
Jul 23, 2013 — Warren Buffett's son, Howard, is using his foundation, stocked with $2 billion of his father's money, to address hunger in the U.S., as well as globally. He's trying to use his farming experience to help farmers be more productive and to get more food into the hands of those who need it most.
Jul 5, 2013 — Majority ownership of the Soria Moria hotel in Siem Reap now includes all 29 full-time employees, putting control of the hotel in the hands of workers who may have never had this kind of opportunity before.
Jul 3, 2013 — David Green says capitalism practiced with empathy is the right way to make health care available to the masses. The social entrepreneur is working on medical devices and services that can make a difference in the developing world.
Jul 2, 2013 — Traditional hearing aids can be too expensive for many people. But a new type that uses Bluetooth technology costs only about $300. The company that makes the new devices aims to reach millions of people around the world who need hearing aids but have trouble paying for them.
Jun 20, 2013 — Getting clean water to people in the developing world isn't just an engineering problem.