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Mexico Dog Shelter Innovates Solution to Lockdown Loneliness

Region: Mexico

Topics: CoronavirusInnovation

The Perroomies program promised temporary dog roommates during Mexico City’s coronavirus crisis. Now the program is over, and many of the dogs and their people have found a bond that’s anything but temporary.

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Mongolian Monk Revives Traditional Game After Decades of Obscurity

Region: Mongolia

Topics: CultureInnovation

Mongolian monk Batbayar Khasbazar was tired of seeing children glued to their cellphones. He hatched a plan to connect them with an old tradition – and it started with purchasing 36,000 sheep anklebones.

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In Difficult Times, Zimbabwean Burial Societies Provide Security, Relief

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CoronavirusEntrepreneurshipHuman RightsInnovation

Traditional burial societies have provided affordable funeral insurance to generations of Zimbabweans. These community-funded groups have weathered decades of economic chaos – and now is no exception.

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On Mexico’s Coast, Communities Unite to Keep Out Coronavirus

Region: Mexico

Topics: CoronavirusHealthInnovation

In Oaxaca state, residents are hosting town assemblies to take coronavirus prevention into their own hands. They’ve voted to extend measures beyond the country’s restrictions. Now, some communities have erected barriers and are standing guard at community access points.

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In Difficult Times, Zimbabwean Burial Societies Provide Security, Relief

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EconomyInnovation

Traditional burial societies have provided affordable funeral insurance to generations of Zimbabweans. These community-funded groups have weathered decades of economic chaos – and now is no exception.

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A Nuisance Plant Fuels Entrepreneurial Spirit—and Zimbabwe’s Stoves

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EnvironmentInfrastructureInnovation

As country struggles with lengthy power outages, an innovative business offers a cheaper, almost smoke-free alternative to traditional charcoal. The product could also slow deforestation. All that from a weed.

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As Coronavirus Spreads, Small-Batch Sanitizers Flood Zimbabwe Markets

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDiseaseHealthInnovation

Facing an ongoing economic crisis and reduced manufacturing capacity, shops in Zimbabwe have run out of imported hand sanitizer. As Zimbabweans make small batches of hand sanitizer to fill the void, some experts are skeptical that they work – but one pharmacist is confident that his formula is supported by science.

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In Mongolia, Yak Wool Is the New Cashmere

Region: Mongolia

Topics: AgricultureEconomyInnovationJobs

A local cooperative helps herders capitalize on a common Mongolian resource: yaks. Workers can spin their soft undercoats into wool as soft as cashmere – and consumers around the world are taking notice.

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Tseltal Girls Shatter Stereotypes on the Football Field

Region: Mexico

Topics: CultureInnovationWomen's Rights

In northern Chiapas, Mexico, education is optional for girls – at least, that’s what some believe. One high school wants to battle these gender stereotypes and keep girls in class, but their solution isn’t inside the school at all.

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Despite Growing Popularity, Drones Remain Unregulated in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: InnovationLegal Rights

Drones have proven so useful in Uganda that the government might use them to deliver blood and medicine to remote areas. But the unmanned aircraft also poses a security risk that officials have yet to address.

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