Solutions journalism is news about how communities and organizations are responding to social and environmental problems. This collection contains solutions stories about how different programs are helping women improve their communities by teaching them, among other things, financial literacy. One of the stories highlight how an NGO in Myanmar is helping women access and benefit from financial access and literacy. Another story takes a critical look at the impact of several microcredit projects, including ones focused exclusively on women. D.C.-based Black Girl Ventures is providing networking, mentoring and business coaching for entrepreneurial women of color. Chile also supports female entrepreneurs with mentorship and training for women, and by considering gender criteria in governmental procurement.
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Although women make up 43 percent of the agricultural labor force and produce between 60 and 80 percent of food crops in the developing world, there remains a gender gap between women and men when it comes to resources, land rights, and opportunity. Women have fewer resources, limited options regarding land rights and financial credit, and struggle to access the same education and technologies that their male peers enjoy. These endemic inequities result in women producing, on average, less than men from the same amount of land. Solving this problem would not only improve their lives and those of their children, but would also enhance food production and address climate change, which is why Project Drawdown lists supporting smallholders as a strategy to slow down climate change. Join the Earth Month Ecochallenge to learn more and take action on this climate solution.