Beautiful Upcycling in Guatemala

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. […]

Frankie Boyer’s Show & the Amazing Mpowerd Solar Lights

November 3rd, 2015|solar|

Mpowerd's Luci is an amazing inflatable solar lamp. It was great to be on the Frankie Boyer show [...]

Global Ed 2015 “Exploring Sustainable Global Innovation with Secondary Students” SwapShop

October 18th, 2015|bottle bricks, Global South export to elsewhere in the Global South, guatemala, jugaad, plastic bottle reuse|

Kate Hanssen and I leading a Swap Shop on Lean Innovation at the Global Ed Forum at Penn Kate Hanssen, head of the History Department at Germantown Friends School, and I co-facilitated a Swap Shop yesterday at the Global Ed Forum 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania. Kate created a packet of materials, available here, based on the class she co-taught last January. […]

100 Under $100: Teacher’s Dream Book!

October 6th, 2015|human rights, solar lights|

Laskhmi Venkata, a widow who has inherited her husband’s property, can now support her sons. Photo: Deborah Esposito Thanks for this educator’s response to 100 Under $100, posted on Amazon by Maryanne Schiller! October 1, 2015 “As a veteran educator, I love this highly engaging, stunningly beautiful, totally uplifting, wonderfully accessible, highly useable book! It is an antidote to doom and gloom, an intelligent guide to mind blowing real solutions to real problems, and tribute to those worldwide who are working so hard to change the conditions of extreme poverty that can be overcome … especially if we educate and include our youth properly. […]

STEM Summer Students Design Solar Stoves, by Sophia Gluskin-Braun (Brown ’18)

October 1st, 2015|efficient cooking, fuel savings, improved cookstoves|

Spira campers creating solar stoves To start off the environmental engineering unit at Spira, a free engineering camp [...]

Time Poverty: Women and Girls Work Too Hard to Generate Income

September 24th, 2015|cellphones, efficient cooking, female farmers, income generation, solar powered appliances, The Gambia, Water|

This blogpost was written for a favorite blog of mine, Dr. Linda Scott’s DoubleXEconomy. Technology has the power to help impoverished women in low-resource areas radically increase their productivity and escape poverty. This is precisely what happened over the last century in the developed world: the innovations of household electricity and running water unleashed a parade of labor-saving devices. […]

Tech Award Laureates Featured in 100 Under $100!

September 17th, 2015|Humanitarian Tech|

Burkina Faso – OneDollarGlasses, locally fabricated, with orange accent beads. The Tech Awards are presented annually to technology improving humanity. I researched past Tech Laureates when writing 100 Under $100, and am thrilled to see four tools I included in my book have won Tech Laureate accolades this year […]


September 8th, 2015|Atlantic Things That Work Series, cellphones, female farmers, Girl Effect, goats, guatemala, inequality of opportunity, Kibera, legal status, low tech/high impact, microloans, solar, solar lights, solar powered appliances, sustainable agriculture, Woman Humanitarian Tech Stars|

A woman-to-woman microinsurance transaction.Credit: John Owens 9/8/2015 – W4 had the pleasure of interviewing Betsy Teutsch, author of 100 Under $100, which makes vividly clear some of the challenges faced by the billion-plus most impoverished women in the world. These women suffer a dearth of resources, education and access to health care, and have to deal with discriminatory legal and financial services. […]

How Passion and Pinterest Led to 100 Tools that Empower Global Women

August 6th, 2015|agroforestry, bikes, low tech/high impact, trees|

“Recipes” to try from this gift copy of 100 Under $100 – in Tanzania, courtesy of Girls Education Collaborative, by Anne Wadsworth. How Passion and Pinterest Led to 100 Tools that Empower Global Women Great Positive’s “Inspiring Us”  Blog Series Meets Betsy Teutsch, Author of “100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women” 1. Betsy, what cause are you passionate about and why? […]

Betsy Teutsch: Tikkun Olam – Repairing the World Through Art, a Conversation

August 4th, 2015|Art/Craft, Fair Trade, Fair Trade Judaica, Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World|

[I am proud to work with The Aesthetic Sense: Art for the Soul. Here is an interview from their blog.] The Who, What & Why of the Artistic Process We sat down a few days ago with Betsy Platkin Teutsch, a prominent figure in the contemporary Jewish renaissance, the author of 100 Under $100, One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women, and an accomplished Judaica artist, renowned for her captivating ketubot, ceremonial objects and book illustrations. Our questions and Betsy’s answers, follow: […]

100 Under $100 Goes to Tanzania

July 16th, 2015|gifts, Girl Effect, health, Tanzania|

“Recipes” to try from this gift copy of 100 Under $100 – in Tanzania, courtesy of Girls Education Collaborative, by Anne Wadsworth. I hope to share stores of 100 Under $100 journies – the book making it to places far away, where many of the featured tools and techniques can be tried. Anne Wadsworth, head of Girls Education Collaborative , made my day. This photo is a school nurse at the new project they are building in Tanzania, with Post-Its marking her favorite entries. […]