people with increased net income and savings in 2016

WORTH in Nepal: Anita's story

July 7, 2016
Anita Kumari Chaudhary, a member of a Pact WORTH group in Nepal, talks about how the program has improved her life. Learn more about WORTH here. 

Pottery and empowerment: A new beginning for a Ukrainian woman living with HIV

July 7, 2016
In her late 30s, Olha is a self-employed beginner potter. She dreamed up the idea of opening a pottery studio last year when she attended Studio of Opportunities, a livelihoods program for women...

Pact report highlights progress against child labor in mining in Congo

May 11, 2016
Today, Pact released a report detailing the progress of efforts to address child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The report provides an in-depth look at four years of on-the-...
Miners, including children, washing minerals in Katanga, DRC

Keeping children out of mineral supply chains

May 11, 2016
The sun is high and blistering down on a sparse landscape. Sounds of hammers and picks are constant throughout the hot day. People come and go, hauling heavy sacks of rocks from pits and tunnels to...

Pact's Yves Bawa nominated as leader against conflict minerals

March 14, 2016
Pact is pleased to announce that Yves Bawa has been nominated for this year’s Top 100 Conflict Mineral Influence Leaders list. Bawa serves as Pact’s regional director in Africa’s Great Lakes region...

For a young woman, a better life through entrepreneurship

March 2, 2016
It isn’t hard to find her in the center of a crowded market in Long Phu commune, Tam Binh district, Vinh Long province. Everyone here knows To Thi Thu Thao, a young woman who always has a shining...

Plummeting commodity prices increase risk of ‘conflict minerals’ in consumer electronic devices

February 11, 2016
A steep fall in worldwide mineral prices is jeopardizing the operational traceability system designed to both stem ‘conflict minerals’ and protect vulnerable artisanal miners in Africa’s Great Lakes...

In Myanmar, empowering women is a calling

January 29, 2016
In the nine years that Phyu Phyu Theint has worked for Pact, she has seen a lot of change. 

Hatching hope: ducks and microfinance in Myanmar

January 7, 2016
Daw Mar Mar Swe is "mother duck" to a family of 72 who quickly and obediently follow the instructions of her quacks. Eight years ago, life changed for Daw Mar Mar Swe when she took her first loan...

Unconflicted: Mineral traceability in Africa’s Great Lakes region

October 29, 2015
Throughout Africa’s Great Lakes region, Pact and our partners are working to ensure small-scale and artisanal miners have legal access to international markets and a safer, more secure livelihood.