Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

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Bamboo bikes

Bernice Dapaah is a Ghanaian entrepreneur who turns organic bamboo into light, sturdy and sustainable bike frames in her hometown of Kumasi. Dapaah and her team of manufacturers and mechanics - mostly local women - work with farmers to plant 10 bamboo trees for every one bike sold and donate many bikes to local children for school transport. This successful business is expanding, with two new factories now opening in the Brong Ahafo region.

Helping girls code

The US nonprofit Girls Who Code works to reverse the gender gap - it's more of a gulf, actually - in the tech industry. And it's getting there: when it started providing summer courses to disadvantaged high-school girls in 2012, it trained 20 children; since then, some 10,000 girls have taken the courses and the aim is to reach a million by the end of the decade. …

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