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Solar Sister: Future is bright for Africa’s women entrepreneurs

There is an enormous business opportunity for solar energy in sub-Saharan Africa, and it can be harnessed by the most unlikely entrepreneurs: women in some of the poorest and most remote communities. This is according to Katherine Lucy, the CEO and founder of Solar Sister. Since 2009, the nonprofit has helped women involved in the industry by helping them build businesses selling solar-powered products.

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App helps Indonesian capital get ‘smart’ to improve public services

When a city’s infrastructure and services are ineffective, it may feel good for its citizens to rant on social media about it. Will it make the services better? Probably not. That’s where technology comes in. A team of developers partnering with the government of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta developed an app so citizens can channel their social media savviness to monitor public services.

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Are ‘clean’ solid-fuel cookstoves the solution or part of the problem?

Cooking over an open fire or with traditional cookstoves are common practices worldwide that some experts say kill millions of people every year, through indoor air pollution, and cause massive environmental impacts from natural resource depletion to climate change. This has led to an international movement to build a better, cleaner cookstove, that some say is as much contributing to the problem as it is trying to solve it.

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