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After an HIV peer mentor changes his life, a fisherman in Malawi pays it forward

By Maggie Makawa and Mercy Phiri Fishermen are more likely to respond positively to information when it comes from their peers. This is why the Fisheries Integration of Societies and Habitats project, or FISH, uses peer mentors to increase HIV testing and treatment among fishermen in...

A goat herder touched by violence in East Africa becomes a peace ambassador

By Abdullahi M. Ahmed Peyo was born 22 years ago in Kibish, a small town near where the borders of Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan meet. As a boy, he herded goats, later attending primary school in Turkana, where he'd run barefoot across plains of thick grass.  

A fish processor in Malawi protects the environment, one stove at a time

By Goodwell Thunga Necessity breeds invention, as the saying goes. This was exactly the case for Vincent Sande, a soft-spoken man who owns a self-built fish processing facility beneath a makeshift shade structure at Chiphole Beach, on the banks of Lake Malawi. Vincent’s site is one of the...

Kozo Girls, a Pact pilot that provides reusable pads & economic opportunities in Zambia, comes into its own

‘Kozo Girls’ provides reusable pads and economic opportunities for young women in Zambia. What began as a Pact pilot supported by USAID is blossoming into an independent social enterprise.

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From herbal medicine to antiretrovial therapy: An HIV-positive mother and baby get the care they need

By Lena Renju and Suleiman Masudi Fazila, a 31-year-old mother from Masasi, Tanzania, was pregnant with her fourth child when she learned she was HIV-positive. The revelation was almost too much for her to bear. She made sense of it the best way she knew how: She blamed her diagnosis on...

Ahlin Yaung: Lighting a path to prosperity and development

U Kyaw Htay, a villager in Myanmar’s Myeik township, Tanintharyi Region, used to only do business when the sun was up. With his wife, he runs a small café shop that caters to his neighbors in Ashae Taung village. No one wants to visit a dark café, though. So before U Kyaw Htay gained...

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From hard beginnings, a youth peace initiative in Kenya thrives with Pact and USAID support

Noor Daher Ali, an ethnic Kenyan Somali, knows well the lure of Al-Shabaab. He grew up poor in this coastal town, where unemployment, poverty and illiteracy make young people vulnerable to radicalization and a life of crime. When Al-Shabaab makes false promises of financial rewards and...

'Peace has brought back our income': A Pact partner builds stability in a volatile African border region

There was a time when the Turkana people of South Omo, in northern Kenya, lived in so much fear and conflict that the region was essentially a no-go zone. “In the past, people did not stay in the place we are standing right now because of the rampant killings and stealing,” recalls Atok...

With support from Pact, a Zambian teen returns to school and stays HIV-free

Yvonne Mwanza is used to working with vulnerable young women. She does it every day. When she screened Lisa Simazembwe, 16, to join DREAMS, and learned that she had dropped out of school, Yvonne knew that she had to intervene.

After dogged advocacy by Pact partner, Ukraine greenlights High Anti-Corruption Court

After Ukraine’s 2014 revolution, the country’s new government had a lot on its plate: the occupation of Crimea, the building of a new state and much-needed reforms. One reform – judiciary reform – was of particular importance to citizens. They expected it, viewing fair, transparent and...

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