Empowering rural women in Ethiopia

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of seven case studies from the files of iDE Ethiopia which we’re posting here to spotlight the human reality that motivates our work and gives it meaning. The people featured in these vignettes are …

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Case study from Ethiopia

By iDE (International Development Enterprises) Editor’s note: This is the first of seven case studies from the files of iDE Ethiopia which we’re posting here to spotlight the human reality that motivates our work and gives it meaning. The individuals …

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The Last 500 Feet

By Paul Polak Developing practical and profitable new ways to cross the last 500 feet to the remote rural places where poor families now live and work is the first step towards creating vibrant new markets that serve poor customers. …

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Picture of the Week 2013-10-25

Spring Health (India) is the first of four companies Paul Polak is building to prove the concept that truly large business enterprises can be built that will transform the lives of poor people while generating handsome profits. Here, two early …

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Picture of the Week 2013-10-17

Designing products that enable poor farmers to boost their income requires a commitment to ruthless affordability and, in many cases, simplicity that will make it possible for them to be manufactured locally. For example, a simple product such as the …

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Picture of the Week 2013-9-30

Sustainable economic development is the Holy Grail of development specialists worldwide, yet so few efforts to attain it have focused on the right people and the right methods. Poor people must invest their own time and money in raising the …

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Picture of the Week 2013-9-20

Affordable, small-plot drip irrigation like the system operated by this farmer in Nepal can multiply a family’s income by a factor of three or more. With water available for irrigation, farmers can grow more valuable vegetable crops and harvest them …

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Picture of the Week 2013-09-13

Living Goods manages a network of microentrepreneurs in Uganda who go door-to-door to educate consumers on critical health issues and sell high-impact health products such as bed nets, deworming pills, antimalaria treatments, safe water filters, treatments for diarrhea, and fortified …

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Achieving Scale

Scale is the single biggest unmet challenge in development and impact investment today. IDE, the development organization I founded, has helped some 20 million people living on a $1/day move out of poverty, but this is a drop in the bucket …

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