Kibera's Victorious Youth Group has devised an unconventional path to job creation and income generation. They teach youth how to carve bones, creating beautiful necklaces, earrings, and bracelets to sell at local markets.
KiberaTV reporter Wilfred Masea checks in on Voice of Kibera, a citizen journalism project that is working to improve the communication capacity of the community. It is an initiative of Map Kibera, using the innovative Ushahidi platform to curate and map reports.
Unprocessed fly ash is a toxic and environmentally harmful by-product of thermal power. Yet an innovative Indian company has come up with a way to recycle fly ash by turning it into eco-friendly bricks, cheaply made and used in construction.
Varsha Jawalgekar reports on a group of inspiring women in Patna who have mastered the art of traditional farming and are collectively doing everything that was once done by men only. Now, they can sell their produce and make money for their families.
Sometimes the best solution to a complex problem is the simplest. In the Lake Victoria region of Tanzania, communities are tackling the root causes of blindness and malnutrition by switching from white-fleshed to orange-fleshed sweet potatoes.
Trachoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide, a painful sensation caused by bacteria that feels like sand stuck beneath the eyelid. Helen Keller International is advancing techniques and knowledge to treat and prevent this disease.
Ayneshet, a health extension worker in Ethiopia, is dedicated to educating women about the benefits of family planning. She helps women realize that reducing the number of births decreases the chances of complications and increases the likelihood of rising from poverty.
Fatima Said Yesuf's family lost everything in a flash flood. They now live with about 20 other families in a relocation camp of corrugated metal shacks covered with plastic tarps. She has turned to family planning keep from becoming pregnant again, so she can focus on raising the six daughters she already has.
Infrequent rains have dried out the soil in parts of Nepal's terai, a region of rolling plains on the Indian border where Sarada Chaudhary lives, and an expanding population has meant more trees felled for firewood. Yet Sarada sees great potential in the women in her group to improve their own lives, and also to help preserve the forest.
Ramkeshari Shrethsa has been teaching women in Kathmandu about family planning for nearly two decades, since before climate change decimated the once-clockwork rainy season. Ramkeshari's daughter Renu is studying for a career in family planning education and believes it decreases the demand for shrinking natural resources.
Rwanda is introducing a new tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS: an innovative device that makes male circumcision safer and more efficient. If adopted on a large scale, it has the potential to sharply decrease the number of new HIV cases.
A medical team from the United States is training Rwandan doctors and nurses in a new program dubbed "See and Treat." A quick test using vinegar allows for an immediate diagnosis of cervical cancer, and low-cost treatment techniques are readily available.
Access is often the largest obstacle to healthcare. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the rugged, mountainous country of Lesotho, where much of the population lives mired in rural poverty. But one organization, Riders for Health, has introduced an all-terrain option that's linking communities in the most remote regions: the motorbike.
A single bite from a venomous snake can case tissue damage, paralysis, and even death. Antivenoms can keep you alive, but their side effects are often devastating. That's why scientists at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine are working with the Nigerian Ministry of Health to develop cheaper and safer antivenoms.
Eighty percent of Dar es Salaam's population lives in unregulated settlements, forced to rely on smelly and hazardous pit latrines. "The Gulper" is transforming the way those latrines are emptied, improving the health of the whole community.
Compared to traditional tests using a microscope, GeneXpert is more accurate and much quicker in diagnosing tuberculosis, and can detect drug resistant strains of the disease. But are the high costs worth it?