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  1. The tea estates being revitalised in the mountains of Darjeeling

    29 August 2017 18:52 - by Monica Middleton, Archie Pearson - 0 comments

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    In northern India, the Ambootia Tea Group (DOTEPL) is using social impact investment to boost financial security and improve the livelihoods of its employees.

    Tea pickers from Oikocredit social enterprise partner, Ambootia.  Darjeeling India. Photograph: Opmeer Reports.

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  2. Pay-as-you-go solar is lighting up the lives of Ghana’s micro-entrepreneurs

    29 August 2017 18:31 - by Archie Pearson - 0 comments

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    Demand for electricity in Ghana is ever-growing but the grid can be unreliable. Renewable energy providers such as PEG are helping fill the gaps

    Micro-entrepreneurs and their families are benefiting from clean, affordable renewable energy, thanks to Oikocredit partner, PEG. Photograph: Capture Ghana

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  3. Egyptian social enterprise addresses gender equality at its roots

    15 May 2017 11:15 - by Archie Pearson - 0 comments

    Co-operative, Sekem, uses impact investing to support rural farming communities and provide education for smallholders, with a focus on gender parity

    Carpentry lessons open to local women at Oikocredit partner, SEKEM, Egypt.  Photograph: Oikocredit

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  4. Creating sustainable farming communities in the Egyptian desert

    8 March 2017 07:00 - by Archie Pearson, Monica Middleton - 0 comments

     From desert land, to shop, to a jolly good cup of organic, herbal tea

     Chamomile lawn, Egypt. Photography, SEKEM

    Over the decades, much of the previously lush, fertile land surrounding the River Nile has been destroyed by urban expansion or overtaken by desert tundra.  The small canals which feed into the Nile overflow with rubbish and sewage, damaging the local ecosystem and irrigation of small parcels of land used by smallholder farmers.  For local communities who have lived off the land for centuries, this renders the environment unhealthy and the soil useless for generating subsistence crops or a modest income.

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