Social Entrepreneurs: Taking On World Problems
Mar 23, 2014 — In this encore presentation of a "Sunday Conversation," NPR's Rachel Martin talks with a former victim of child sex trafficking, who now works as an advocate and mentor for other victims.
Mar 5, 2014 — Removing bacteria and other impurities from water could be done more cheaply thanks to researchers at MIT. They're taking advantage of the way trees move water to filter it.
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 3, 2014 — Students at Rice University in Houston are finding low-cost solutions to big global health problems. One particularly successful device that helps infants breathe has already been tested in Malawi.
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 28, 2013 — For a class project, three engineering students at Rice University devised an inexpensive robotic arm to help a teenager with an uncommon bone disease.
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.
Nov 13, 2013 — Private entrepreneurs are attempting to offer low-cost, for-profit schools to some of the poorest families in the world. One school in Kenya promises a high quality education for just $5 a month.
Nov 12, 2013 — American entrepreneurs in Kenya are attempting to fundamentally transform education for some of the poorest kids in the world — while making a profit.