A simple pump feeds a family of 20

Editor’s note: This is the fifth 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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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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An Ethiopian success story

Editor’s note: This is the third 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 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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Sun-Powered Irrigation

By Jack Keller, P.E., Paul Polak, Paul Storaci, and Robert Yoder A note from Paul Polak: This is the last paper my dear friend and soul brother, Jack Keller, wrote, He died recently at the age of 85 at an …

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Clean Water for India

By Paul Polak Spring Health, our rapidly scalable safe drinking water company designed to go global, has now started its commercial rollout in India by recruiting and training 90 new full-time staff, and expanding from 35 villages to 105 villages …

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A Frontier Economy for Adventurous MBAs

An interview with Paul Polak By Lauren Everitt If extreme entrepreneurship were a sport, Paul Polak would be at the top of his game. From turning Somali entrepreneurs into millionaires (by in-country standards) with a lucrative donkey cart enterprise to creating …

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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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