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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.

'One day at a time’: Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo

October 29, 2015
Safari Kulimushi, a 47-year-old father of 13 in DRC, lives his life as a miner one day at a time. With Pact’s support, his livelihood has become a safer, more secure choice.

What’s your promise?

October 29, 2015
Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow for millions of poor and marginalized people. Find out what that promise means and how you can join us.

‘Big difference in my life’: A small-scale miner’s story

October 29, 2015
“There is a big difference in my life before mining and my life today."
Rwandan miners

Event to explore world of promise for mining communities

October 6, 2015
Artisanal and small-scale mining may be one of the most difficult occupations, with its back-breaking work and often rudimentary tools. Despite the inherent challenges, more than 100 million people...

For a family in Madagascar, Pact scholarships make all the difference

September 30, 2015
In Manambaro, a remote, rural community near the southern tip of Madagascar, less than 1 percent of the population has had education past high school. Nearly three-quarters of people can’t read or...

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