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Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

14 October 2021

Big Sandy, Montana, United States

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Quinn Organic Research Center sits at the hub of innovations slowly transforming farming culture away from industrial agriculture toward organic and regenerative strategies. Countering the decades-old "get big or get ...

IowaWatch

Lyle Muller

Pat Kinney

17 August 2021

Iowa, United States

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A few small towns in Iowa have seen an increase in their populations despite the opposite trend across the state. An investigation by IowaWatch of 58 towns showed the services and amenities that were common in those t...

Governing

David Kidd

12 August 2021

Bellefontaine, Ohio, United States

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Small towns in Ohio are turning to a developer to revitalize their main streets in order to bring residents and businesses back. Small Nation is the brainchild of a local developer who put his struggling town back on ...

Revista Haz

Alfredo Casares

30 June 2021

Spain

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Urbanites get the taste of small-town living through an initiative that is bringing digital workers to the countryside. Rooral is tapping into the remote work market to increase rural development while connecting peop...

Reckon

Anna Claire Vollers

21 June 2021

Pickens County, Alabama, United States

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School Health Model for Academics Reaching All and Transforming Lives (SMART) clinics are school-based clinics that fill in rural healthcare gaps. SMART clinics are fully funded for three years and then must be self-s...

Outriders

Lola García-Ajofrín

24 May 2021

Sri Lanka

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New tactics are being implemented to prevent elephants from approaching farmland in Sri Lanka. Clashes between people and elephants have increased with the expansion of small farms encroaching into elephant habitats. ...

Dallas Free Press

Sujata Dand

28 April 2021

Waco, Texas, United States

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A community-based grocery store is bringing nutritious and affordable food to residents in Waco, Texas. Jubilee Market is located in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood which previously lacked a grocery store. ...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Greg Bluestein

26 April 2021

Commerce, Georgia, United States

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The decision to build an electric battery plant is already impacting the local economy and residents in a rural, conservative Georgia town. The project claims it will bring at least 2,600 jobs to the area. Rental prop...

BBC

Richard Kenny

20 April 2021

Zambia

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Long distances and lack of transportation present steep obstacles to education, healthcare access, entrepreneurship, and economic mobility in general for Zambians. Onyx Connect is an initiative that provides affordabl...

BBC

Richard Kenny

20 April 2021

Zambia

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Onyx Connect sprang from the imagination of one entrepreneur who saw how poor roads and poverty made bicycles the only practical alternative to walking great distances in southern Zambia. Onyx sells sturdy bikes with ...

BBC

Richard Kenny

19 April 2021

Zambia

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Bicycles are improving mobility for Zambians living in rural areas. Access to affordable bicycles has increased their business profits, drastically cut their travel time to school, and improved access to health facili...

El Colectivo 506

Mayela Lopez

16 April 2021

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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Sustainable rural tourism on the Osa Peninsula has been combined with economic prosperity in a campaign known as Caminos de Osa. A mentorship program matches experts with local entrepreneurs to successfully set up tra...

Transitions Online

Lyudmila Maslova

13 April 2021

Andriyivka, Ukraine

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A dairy cooperative in Ukraine has brought jobs to farmers in the region and allowed them to work together to sell their milk on the market. An international nonprofit helped the Andriyivka Prosperity cooperative get ...

The New York Times

Nicholas Kristof

10 April 2021

John Day, Oregon, United States

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Loggers and environmentalists aren’t always known for getting along, but the collaboration between these two groups in Oregon may have saved a town from going under. By creating a dialogue together and working to unde...

El Colectivo 506

Thomas Enderlin

9 April 2021

Costa Rica

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A coast-to-coast hiking trail in Costa Rica is giving the rural economy a boost. Camino de Costa Rica is the brainchild of a cooperative effort between small businesses, nonprofits, and schools to support the rural to...

RMTimes

Rakiya A Muhammad

25 March 2021

Sokoto, Nigeria

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A program in Sokoto State uses 300 ambulances to improve access to emergency care in rural areas, which has significantly improved maternal health outcomes. High costs, limited availability of transportation, and trad...

Christian Science Monitor

Howard LaFranchi

8 March 2021

El Salvador

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Women are given the tools and training needed to monetize skills they already have in order to reduce food insecurity. From the Middle East to Africa and Central America, skills such as hammock weaving, cooking, and f...

The Guardian

Caleb Okereke

3 March 2021

Okere City, Uganda

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Okere City, Uganda, has been rebuilt with a school, a marketplace, and solar-powered energy. Instead of treating the project as a charity, it was approached as a social enterprise that collaborates with the community....

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rina Chandran

19 February 2021

Delhi, India

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Evictions can have devastating effects on a student’s access to education, forcing some to drop out of school. In Delhi, a city in India, a school was built by students, community members, and volunteers using locally...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

1 February 2021

Wales

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A housing initiative in Wales is combining affordable housing with ecological sustainability. The One Planet Development policy (OPD) gives residents an exemption to stringent countryside planning laws if they commit ...

Eco-Business

Tim Ha

21 January 2021

Kampung Buayan, Borneo, Malaysia

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An indigenous-led nonprofit group called Tonibung installed a micro-hydro electrical system for a village deep in Borneo’s rainforests. The project not only supplied much-needed energy for the villagers of Kampung Bua...

Wired

Yasaswini Sampathkumar

4 January 2021

India

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Smartphones and cheap data are enabling Indian women, even those who never learned how to read and write, to access new networks and markets. Voice memos and images shared via apps like WhatsApp make accessing informa...

The New York Times

Keith Bradsher

31 December 2020

China

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The Chinese government is providing money, livestock, and better homes to successfully help break the cycle of poverty. $700 billion in loans and grants have gone toward the rural poverty alleviation program in additi...

Richland Source

Peng Chen

29 December 2020

Ontario, Ohio, United States

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The city of Ontario, Ohio, redeveloped the site of a former General Motors plant in an endeavor to bring back jobs. Extensive cleanup, construction, and collective action resulted in a clean facility and a bright futu...

The Daily Yonder

Gabe Schwartzman

14 December 2020

Clearfork Valley, Kentucky, United States

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Community advocates in Clearfork Valley created their own public internet hotspot to bridge the digital divide, especially as the pandemic rendered high-speed internet more of a necessity than a luxury. Broadband comp...

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