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Beautiful Upcycling in Guatemala

By |February 13th, 2017|upcycling|

On my recent visit to Guatemala to help catalog a collection of beautiful vintage huipiles, woven women's garments, we went [...]

Pay-As-You-Go Solar Lanterns are a Gateway Product

By |May 31st, 2016|africa, cell-phone charging, solar, solar lights, solar powered appliances|

Azuri PayGo Energy – clean-energy.facebook.jpg The initial demand for distributed solar, electricity generated right in the household rather than wired from a grid, is lighting. […]

Women in the Construction Trades: Reinventing Wilma Flintstone

By |May 29th, 2016|construction, Dining For Women, income generation, inequality of opportunity|

Learning the fine points of ceiling fan installation – photo: Cindy Ariel, ThinkOutsideOfTheToolbox From the time of the Flintstones, men have been the technology gatekeepers while women are the traditional experts in weaving and textiles, as well as wielding cooking and domestic tools. […]

100 Under $100 Goes to the UN Commission on the Status of Women 60

By |March 16th, 2016|biodigesters, efficient cooking, fuel savings, Global South, improved cookstoves, microloans, UN|

At the UN for CSW60   Back in 2009 I was the Communications Director for a GreenMicrofinance, a small NGO/Social Business hybrid with a big idea, linking eco-smart technology to microfinancing. While our primary goal was poverty alleviation, we were well aware that women at home hugely benefit from domestic-based upgrades. […]

COOL TOOLS: Addressing Women’s Time Poverty – at CSW16

By |March 14th, 2016|Humanitarian Tech, income generation, low tech/high impact, Speaking engagements, UN|

Join me for a public lecture on tools that help impoverished women do tasks more efficiently. Valuing women's time [...]

Meeting Maria Rodriguez, Byoearth Social Entrepreneur, in Guatemala

By |February 14th, 2016|Fair Trade Judaica, fertilizer, guatemala, income generation, upcycling|

Maria Rodriguez, the dynamic founder of Byoearth, met up with our Fair Trade Judaica trip for dinner in Antigua, Guatemala. […]

A Local School Bottle Brick Project Launches

By |January 19th, 2016|bottle bricks, plastic bottle reuse, recycling|

5th Grader at Plymouth Meeting Friends Shows Her Bottle Brick Creation - Photo Credit: Leann Stover Nyce Ecoladrillos, [...]

Bottle Bricks Come to My Home Community, Mt. Airy

By |January 8th, 2016|bottle bricks, Global South export to the Global North|

One of the hundred tools, bottle bricks (#74) intrigued me from the beginning. The concept of taking all our inorganic [...]

Self-Help International’s Poverty-Busting Double Barrel Stove

By |December 8th, 2015|efficient cooking, fuel savings, Ghana, improved cookstoves, income generation, microloans|

Nicaraguan Baker Using a Fuel Efficient Double Barrel Oven – Photo: Self-Help International After my book came out, I hoped to learn of additional efficient, affordable, well-designed tools to help global women escape poverty to promote and share. I was thrilled when an email from Self-Help International appeared in my inbox […]

Bertha Mjawa, Agriculture Expert in Tanzania, Meets 100 Under $100

By |December 3rd, 2015|Post Harvest Waste Avoidance, Tanzania|

Bertha Mjawa, from the Prime Minister’s Office (MIVARF). Tanzania When I published 100 Under $100, I hoped there would be ways to get the book to practitioners in the developing world who could make direct use of the tools. […]