DoctHers: Pakistan’s ‘Doctor Brides’ Inspire Confidence — and Better Health — for Women

Women make up the majority of students pursuing medical careers in Pakistan. For years, a government-imposed quota mandated that 80 percent of the seats at medical schools go to men, 20 percent to women. In 1991, the Supreme Court ruled the quota unconstitutional. Now, more than 80 percent of Pakistan’s medical students are women, compared to

How Myanmar’s First Mobile Health App is Fixing Healthcare and Saving Lives

On average, a person living in Myanmar—also known as Burma—will live two decades less than someone in the U.S. For Michael Lwin, son of two doctors who came to the United States from Myanmar in the 1970s, this isn’t just a statistic. It’s a deeply unfair consequence of a geographic lottery. A lottery that favors

How Mobile Makes Entrepreneurship Education Work in Rural West Africa

As U.S. presidential candidates hem and haw about whether to erect physical barriers to guard borders from undocumented migrants, other countries are doubling down on the economic benefits of supporting migrants and refugees. The U.N. estimates that more people are now displaced than anytime since World War II. And for many of the estimated 60 million refugees

A Lucky Iron Fish in Every Pot: How a Canadian Social Enterprise is Fighting Iron Deficiency

The Lucky Iron Fish wasn’t always so cute. It began as an amorphous iron chunk. It was used as a paperweight, a door stop, anything other than its intended purpose—to be dropped in a cooking pot. But mold that lump of metal into a fish body, give it a smile, and you have an adorable

Net Gain: Bureo Collects Fishing Nets, Creates Skateboards, Fights Pollution

Ben Kneppers paused as he strolled around a music festival in Santiago, Chile. In front of him was a booth where local kids could repair damaged skateboards, making them ride-able again rather than throwing them away. Kneppers, an environmental consultant originally from Massachusetts, was impressed by the project. And as an avid boarder himself, he admired

Pelagic Data Systems: Filling a Data Gap in the Seafood Supply Chain

Where was the fish fillet on my dinner plate caught? Was it mishandled? Is this species endangered? Consumers increasingly want to know the story of their seafood. That has been a market barrier for small-scale fishermen and women, who make up 90 percent of the world’s fishing workforce. The data gaps begin as soon as a

The Parative Project: Kickstarting a T-Shirt Campaign Against Sex Trafficking

A t-shirt can send a message about sex trafficking. Drew Oxley thinks he can send an even stronger message by creating jobs and economic opportunity for former sex workers. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Cincinnatti entrepreneur will source The Parative Project’s t-shirts, tote bags and banners from India via the Aruna Project, which supports women rescued from India’s