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Miir – Designed to Empower

Miir – Designed to Empower

Miir is a Seattle based company that was started in 2009 by Brian Papé with the idea of bringing a better water bottle design onto the market. Not too big, not too small, perfect opening size for drinking ease, fewer rings on the lid so the cap […]

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Planting Education in Sierra Leone

Planting Education in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has had its fair share of setbacks in the last 50-odd years since independence, especially in the 90’s where civil wars and coup d’états kept the country destabilized. Since the end of the civil war in 2001, however, relative peace has enveloped the nation. It […]

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An Energy Free “Washing Machine” that Saves Time and Solves Health Problems

An Energy Free “Washing Machine” that Saves Time and Solves Health Problems

In developing countries a seemingly insignificant task can often lead to unfavorable tradeoffs. To many of us laundry may be a least favorite chore, but to some it is an obstacle keeping them from breaking the cycle of poverty. GiraDora is a pilot project being tested in […]

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Interview: Ryan Dick, Social Entrepreneur and CEO of Radical Energy

Interview: Ryan Dick, Social Entrepreneur and CEO of Radical Energy

One of Zana Fund’s volunteers, Sam Isaac, had the privilege of interviewing social entrepreneur Ryan Dick, the President and CEO of Radical Energy.  Radical Energy in building large scale solar projects in Ecuador.  These projects will create enough clean electricity to power over 100,000 homes in the […]

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Eco-Fuel Helping People and the Environment in Uganda

Eco-Fuel Helping People and the Environment in Uganda

  For this blog post I’d like to profile an amazing for-profit social organization, Eco-Fuel Africa (EFA), that is doing a lot of good in Uganda in regards to deforestation and poverty due to inadequate farming practices. In rural Uganda, according to Eco-Fuel’s website, 8 out of […]

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Water ATMs: Delivering Drinking Water to the Last Mile in Rural India

Water ATMs: Delivering Drinking Water to the Last Mile in Rural India

Imagine the most remote rural villages in India being able to access purified and safe water. Sarvajal has made this possible with their unique and innovative network of water ATMs dispersed throughout India. Clean water or filtration systems are easily accessible to Canadians, however we don’t realize […]

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Sterling Farms Helps the Poor Buy Healthy Food

Sterling Farms Helps the Poor Buy Healthy Food

Since writing blog posts for the “Zana Fund” I’ve discovered that the success of a lot of social businesses doesn’t hinge on innovation. Instead, its founders see opportunities others have overlooked and capitalize on them.   This couldn’t be more fundamentally true than for “Sterling Farms.” It’s […]

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Affordable Solar Lanterns Lighting Up the Developing World

Affordable Solar Lanterns Lighting Up the Developing World

Lighting up your house is often taken for granted in parts of the world that do not have an energy shortage. In Canada for example, when you enter a room and don’t find a light switch in under ten seconds, people tend to lose their mind in frustration. […]

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Microhealth Insurance for the Masses

Microhealth Insurance for the Masses

By Shuaib Jogait Access to health care has long been a problem in many developing nations. Most individuals are not covered by either public health insurance or by a private scheme and instead procure services on a cash-for-service basis. This is especially true in Kenya, where only […]

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Two Companies That Found a Way to Turn the Water Crisis Into a Social Business

Two Companies That Found a Way to Turn the Water Crisis Into a Social Business

“Water will be more important than oil in this century” – Boustros Boustros Ghali, former UN Secretary General   “The wars of the 21st century will be fought over water” – Ismail Serageldin, former World Bank president   Throughout the world, there’s been a slowly developing water […]

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