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African women entrepreneurs break barriers

Women like Chebet Lesan are leaving traditional jobs and making their way as businesswomen. Read about several entrepreneurs who are breaking barriers in Africa.
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Q&A on the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Find out more about the exciting YLAI program to help young leaders in the Western Hemisphere build brighter futures for themselves and their communities.
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The United States is the ‘best place’ to open a business

The impressive development and growth of minority-owned businesses in America are helping to fuel the nation's surging economy.
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Surviving disruption in business

Terry Jones disrupted the travel business as a founder of Travelocity and chairman of Kayak.com. Here's his advice on how businesses can embrace innovation.
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A solar sales network helps rural India [video]

Work and study stop in rural Indian villages at sunset or must be done by risky kerosene lamps. Frontier Markets delivers solar power instead.
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U.S. and Israeli companies join to build a better bike

An innovative binational foundation offers grants for joint research-and-development projects combining companies in the U.S. and Israel.
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From pumpkins to profits  —  a Ugandan success story

Since getting a solar dryer using a U.S. grant, Fatuma Namatosi has produced 1.5 million kilograms of pumpkin products and taught farmers to grow pumpkins.
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Combating poverty one bar of soap at a time [video]

SoapBox Soaps is an enterprise that combines business and philanthropy. For each bar of soap sold, it donates a bar to poor people in Africa and elsewhere.
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Oregon company gives creative outlet to East African artisans

Swahili African Modern, a U.S. business that sells handmade African home décor, is on a mission to find more suppliers in Africa. A U.S. program is helping.