Lending app boosts female founders, $15 billion for Canada’s indigenous people, libraries hire social workers
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In today’s issue of Squirrel News, a lending app helps female business owners in Egypt cope with liquidity shortages, Canada pays reparations to affected indigenous people due to discrimination, and social workers help citizens deal with complex life issues in libraries.
Lending app provides liquidity to Egyptian business women
ElGameya is an app where lenders provide interest free loans to women business owners to avoid onerously high interest rates. Inspired by the ancient lending form Gameya, the app offers liquidity, especially important during the pandemic.
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Dank, ancient and quite fantastic: Scotland’s peat bogs breathe again
Researchers are using satellite technology to monitor the health of these vital carbon sinks and help restore them. The Scottish wetlands are being closely monitored in order to function as carbon capturing areas.
Canada to pay over $15 billion US dollars to indigenous children
Following the verdict of the human rights tribunal stating Canada’s discrimination of indigenous people in child and family services, every affected person will receive $23.114 US Dollars.
Israel opens surrogacy to every citizen including same-sex couples
The law originally banning surrogacy was upheld by Israel’s supreme court and will now also allow single men and transgender people to adopt children.
Indian startup transforms plastic waste into sustainable sneakers
Thaely’s founder Ashay Bhave contacted a waste disposal company in New Delhi and is now using plastic bags, bottles and used erasers to produce his sustainable sneakers.
Sustainable Fishery Partnership Agreements fight illegal fishing
The EU has signed 13 agreements in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic ocean in order to monitor and enhance sustainable fishing methods whilst creating new jobs.
Sustainable Cerrado Cotton project uses agroecology to boost Brazilian farms
Established during the pandemic, the project now helps 46 Brazilian farms plan out and plant secondary and tertiary crops whilst switching to organic fertilisers. The cotton output has tripled ever since.
Scientist’s microphones and indigenous communities monitor forest’s biodiversity
Papua New Guinea’s indigenous people assisted scientists in placing microphones that adapt to the sounds of the forest’s rich biodiversity, ensuring and monitoring its balance.
Cows trained to use special latrines to avoid ammonia in rivers
In New Zealand and Germany a reward system is used to incentivise cows to use a latrine. Further, a playground was designed to reduce carbon emissions whilst releasing oxygen.
US libraries hire social workers to help guests cope with complex life issues
Libraries in the US are frequently visited by people with queries on housing insecurity, access to federal stimuli and mental health. Indianapolis Public Library hired Yanna McGraw to assist them.