Inclusive Growth: The Uganda Perspective
Joyce Bwambale is a smallholder coffee farmer on the slopes of the Rwenzori mountains. Like many smallholder farmers on the mountain, Joyce depends on coffee as her main cash crop. This season Joyce is upbeat that the coffee harvest will be good. In a season of bumper harvests like this […]
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Poor women in Kampala bring about change in their communities
Gertrude is my neighbor. She’s 50 years old but when you see her, you’d think she was 60. She came to Kampala which is the capital of Uganda about 30 years ago in search of a better life, as is the case with most African capital cities. She started out […]
Quito vs. The Countryside: Where is poverty worse for women?
Here in the Andes of South America, $2000-3000 USD a year is good money for the average family. Young kids at the Working Boys’ Center in Quito, Ecuador help contribute to their family’s financial well-being. After a normal school day, students here help make and sell crafts, but the projects […]
Russian women snared by poverty, enslaved by human trafficking?
“The average salary in Russia is based on the premise that one person earns RUB 2 million while the other 99 earn RUB 8000 per month. So taken together they earn RUB 27,000 on average. Simply put, Petya has 10 apples and Vasya has no apples. So on the average, […]
The Silent Economy: Mexico’s Forgotten Women Workers
Far beyond the aggregated numbers of an urban economy lies a silent and untraceable population working everyday to sustain entire families, doing whatever is humanly possible to get out of poverty. From the woman picking up garbage to housemaids, prostitutes, newspaper sellers, housewives and “viene vienes” (those who illegally rent […]