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Breaking Ground in the Borderlands

If you’ve been to the Dominican Republic, chances are, you saw the eastern part of the country, either the coast or the area around the capital of Santo Domingo. Statistically, these are the places most visitors go. Far fewer visitors go west. If you have, you may have more intimate knowledge of the Dominican Republic, […]
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We can reduce water waste

Whether we realize it or not, water plays a major role in our lives. Think about your personal morning routine. Maybe it includes taking a shower, brushing your teeth, or preparing an omelet for breakfast. All of these activities revolve around water. We use water constantly. But are we using our water wisely? By taking […]
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Linking trees, water, and people

Wherever you live, water is vital March 22 is World Water Day, and it’s a great opportunity to take a deeper look at the importance of clean water to people all around the world. If you’ve never had to struggle to access clean water, it can be all too easy to take it for granted. […]
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How Microfinance and Sustainability Mix

Plant With Purpose is heavily committed to the use of community savings groups. Across seven countries, over 1,200 savings groups regularly meet. Community members can bring the cash they’ve been able to save, investing that money by purchasing shares. When they’ve accumulated enough in savings, they can then take out a loan to make improvements to their […]
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The significance of a social fund

Savings groups help rural communities grow out of poverty through their own resources. As members gain the opportunity to save their money, that money is then lent out to reinvest back into the community through small businesses, livestock, education, and other means. Alongside that activity, however, groups also gather a social fund. These funds help […]
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Say hello to Señor Cheo

In his village, there were no banks. And that was a big problem. Palmarito is in the rural Dominican Republic. Like many rural parts of the country, the community lacked banks. This wasn’t just an inconvenience. Having somewhere to save your money makes a big difference in economic wellness. Having an opportunity to take out […]
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Harambe! Harambe!

What does it look like to come together as one? Picture a stone church on the top of a small mountain.  In front of the church are garden beds, and just outside its entryway is a large patio. On the patio are a couple dozen chairs arranged in a circle. One by one, Tanzanian farmers […]
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This community in Haiti is a hub of entrepreneurs

When you think of hubs where entrepreneurs and start-ups are birthed, places like Silicon Valley, Austin, or Manhattan may come to mind. In rural Haiti, however, is a village where new economic opportunities, innovation, and empowerment have enabled a community of entrepreneurs to create better lives for themselves and their families. In Fonds-Verrettes, village savings […]
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