Leaders and Innovators: The MATCH Women’s Fund Grantees

It will take a vast amount of work to elevate and support women everywhere, but “women are uniquely and bravely creating change in their communities,” and The MATCH Fund is ensuring that they are able to continue this vital work.

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Saving Habitat and Changing Attitudes in Paraguay

When Scottish biologist Karina Atkinson first arrived in Paraguay to take part in a volunteer program, she was not happy. That feeling didn’t last long however, as she made friends with local people. Her discovery of an artesian lake, Laguna Blanca, sealed her fate and in 2010 the 28-year-old scientist co-founded Para La Tierra, an NGO dedicated to the conservation of Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca.

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Consolidated Environmentalism with Economic Development: Yunguilla, Ecuador

The community of Yunguilla is settled in the mountains an hour outside of Quito, Ecuador. Just a few years ago, their plan was to, as always, clear cut the forest for farming until the soil lost all its nutrients and forced them to move on. There are thousands of communities that live these semi-nomadic lifestyles across the globe. Historically, many …

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Brazil’s World Cup Preparations Include Education and Training for Former Slaves

As soccer fans around the world gear up for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup this summer, most are likely not thinking about slavery. However, unbeknownst to many spectators of the soccer tournament, twenty-five men, who were deemed by the Brazilian government to have been previously subjected to slave labour, contributed to building the Arena Pantatanal, one …

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Sustainable Rubber Harvesting is Great News for Safe Sex

  A Brazilian company called Natex has developed a way to manually harvest rubber trees deep within the Amazon rainforest. This new innovative technology not only helps curb the growing amount of deforestation, but also helps produce roughly 100 million condoms per year. These condoms are then purchased by the Brazilian federal government to be freely distributed throughout the country …

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