By Emily Pinto
There is nothing like travel to open your mind and heart and eradicate indifference. In 2010, I traveled to the highlands of Guatemala to volunteer with a worker-owned women’s weaving cooperative. I learned that the beautiful textile and craft traditions of the Mayan people are filled with meaning and are deeply rooted in their culture.
Indoor air pollution from kerosense or wood stoves is the second highest cause of death by disease in India. Pollinate Energy is a social business with a simple mission – to improve the lives of India’s urban poor by giving them access to life-changing and affordable products. With a focus on sustainable solutions, such as portable solar lights and improved cookstoves, people are able to reduce indoor smoke, have better quality light, use less fuel and save money. This is the story of a handful of our customers in India – all of whom are on the road to a better, healthier life.
This is the story of Nora Backer Malm, who volunteered to help improve the lives of India’s urban poor by giving them access to life-changing and affordable products.
Kerosene lamps are responsible for millions of deaths in India each year. This is the story of Alexie Seller, co-founder of Pollinate, a company that aims to provide life-changing solutions for India’s urban poor.
Depending on your age, religious persuasion and general enthusiasm for all things festive, you’ve probably already been through the Christmas shopping debacle quite a few times by now – so you have the whole operation down pat. You’re a finely oiled buying machine, a smooth-sailing purchasing powerhouse – the super yacht of gift giving if you will.
Studies suggest that the world’s 300 million indigenous people – living in mainly rural areas across 70 countries – experience greater degrees of deprivation and poverty than non-indigenous people.
Experiencing wild animals can be such a fabulous highlight of your travel experience. However, wild animals used in entertainment may be experiencing unseen cruelty or abuse. How would you know? How could you help?
When an endearing child with big wide eyes implores you to buy the shell necklace her mother made; when a friendly man in a funky bar wants you to join in the local ‘tradition’ of knocking back a shot of snake wine; or when the market stalls have an abundance of very attractive tortoise shell bracelets, hair combs and spectacle frames for sale…what do you do?