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Harnessing power from the Congo River

(April 22nd, 2008)

The World Energy Council meets in London today to work on plans for an $80 billion hydropower dam on the Congo River that could double the electricity available on the continent. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Impasse prolongs Zimbabwe’s pain

(April 18th, 2008)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is being blamed by his opposition and economists for the collapse of what was once southern Africa’s breadbasket. And the nation’s current political impasse is only prolonging its pain. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Cocoa made sweet without child labor

(February 14th, 2008)

West Africa supplies much of the cocoa used by the major chocolate companies, and the region is also known for using child labor. Gretchen Wilson reports measures the U.S. and chocolate industry are taking to free child cocoa workers.

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Cadbury sweetens lives of cocoa farmers

(January 30th, 2008)

Ghana’s cocoa farmers are suffering from a poverty cycle, with the global price of cocoa struggling and production waning. But Cadbury wants to put money towards teaching farmers to yield more crops. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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The dark side of chocolate

(January 11th, 2008)

Some 200,000 children work in cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast. Gretchen Wilson reports on a group of U.S. lawmakers visiting that country to find ways to wean the industry off child labor.

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Kenyans seek food, shelter in crisis

(January 7th, 2008)

The violence in Kenya has uprooted a quarter of a million people, and the U.N. is rushing provisions to the country to combat hunger and malaria. Gretchen Wilson reports Kenyans also face an identity crisis.

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Pig donations bring home the bacon

(December 24th, 2007)

In some parts of Lesotho, annual income is $100 a year. But a $195 donation can buy a family an income-generating piglet that can boost that income substantially. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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LESOTHO: Holiday gifts pave the way to self-sufficiency

(December 24th, 2007)

When Mamanuel Rampai heard she would receive a free pig for Christmas a few years ago, purchased by an anonymous donor in the US through an aid group’s online gift catalogue, she all but dismissed the present.

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Inflation guts Zimbabwe’s economy

(September 12th, 2007)

Zimbabwe suffers from an inflation rate the government pegs at 7,000 percent. But it’s maybe two or three times that in actual practice. Reporter Gretchen Wilson helps us understand what that really means.

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Lending a shared interest to South Africa

(August 8th, 2007)

The subprime mortgage meltdown is making it harder for nearly everyone to get loans, which makes a particular group of Massachusetts lenders all the more unusual. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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