When Andy (Yuhan) Wang visited a school in rural China, he saw how difficult getting an education can be. His nonprofit provides books and supplies to rural Chinese students.
Most farmers in the country do not have documented evidence to prove the land is theirs. But now, Farm Africa's Land Mapping Project has resolved several land-related disputes.
Yasmine Yehia Moustafa devised a system to produce clean water and biodiesel using rice straw. Her school is part of a new network aimed at giving students the skills they'll need to address the country’s 'grand challenges.'
Lisa Cherbuliez launched FUNdamentally Nuts after serving in the Peace Corps. A portion of its proceeds goes to people she knows in the village where she lived and worked.
Carole Hyatt founded the nonprofit Mission: Getting to Next after meeting a retired female general who was struggling to find employment. To not allow such women to use their skills ‘is a crime,’ she says.
Rodney Smith Jr. founded Raising Men Lawn Care Service in Huntsville, Ala. It enlists young volunteers whose parents want them to learn about giving back.
Rock catchment systems take advantage of the area's hilly, rocky geography. The systems are even generating income for the community groups that build them.
A married couple saw a need in Bulgaria and created Maria’s World Foundation. Participants in the organization can develop work skills in preparation for the job market.
Nadira Mingasson started the weaving enterprise Udružene in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It’s given women participants a sense of community – and a source of income.
Constance Caruso was already in her 80s when she decided to volunteer for Homeboy Industries, a gang rehabilitation program. She draws on challenges she’s had herself as she supports others.
Courtney Dunn is working to monitor the social vocal communications of tigers, which could aid in tracking the animals. Her work won an Oxford prize and is now the basis of a nonprofit.
India is among the biggest manufacturers of textiles and apparel in the world. The sector is dominated by small and medium-sized firms that are under enormous pressure to reduce costs and produce garments quickly.
With music, Timon Seibel gives the children a chance to express themselves and gain self-confidence. One heavy-metal band he manages recently won a grand prize in a contest.
Helvetas operates in 32 countries to address rural poverty, reaching some 3.6 million people last year. Its mission is personal to Rupa Mukerji, who works in the organization's Swiss hub.
A wood-saving ceramic stove that doubles as a chicken brooder is raising incomes and reducing deforestation.
As people have become interested in restoring vitality to rural areas, 'crop mobbing' has arisen as a way to build community. And the extra hands can be a boon to small farms during the busy seasons.
Alleycat Acres now has two gardens in parking strips – the area of land between a sidewalk and a street. Each of the organization's farms relies on a team of neighborhood volunteers to keep it running.
Lonnie Bunch shares his love of history as the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens in Washington Sept. 24.
In Chile, the seaweed industry also provides a livelihood for 30,000 people. The country has 750 species of seaweed.