The government increased the salaries of all its employees by 18 percent for the current fiscal year, but this is half what they had demanded. To make ends meet, some workers borrow from their retirement savings, take on additional work, live apart from spouses or sell land.
In Buenos Aires, an old art deco building houses retired artists who may have been famous but now lack a place to live and an income to support themselves. The 35 residents receive free rooms, three daily meals and medical care. The home also offers companionship and proximity to cultural events.
Landscaping Boom in Zambia’s Capital Sparked by Growing Middle Class Generates Economic Opportunities
Landscaping has emerged as a lucrative business in Zambia’s capital as a growing middle class invests in the hospitality industry and private homes. The Lusaka City Council, which is planting 14,000 trees throughout the capital to meet environmental targets, is offering free advertising to companies who join its efforts. Local citizens are supporting their families and running orphanages with profits from the landscaping business.
Young Nepalese Women Opt for Nursing Careers Thanks to Increase in Jobs, Prestige and Marriage Prospects
An increasing number of young women are choosing the nursing profession in Nepal because of heightened employment opportunities and social prestige. More than 45,000 students have gained their nursing certification since formal studies began in the country. Nepalese men living abroad are also selecting nurses as their brides because of their assured employment in foreign countries.
Small-business women in Kenya who lack finances to advertise in mainstream media are using Facebook to attract clients thanks to the assistance of local organizations. One trader says her sales have increased by 50 percent. One organization is training women how to use Facebook, and another is placing advertisements for them on the social networking site for a commission.
Various groups in Argentina are working to lower the number of road fatalities by pushing for changes in the legislative and judicial systems. Argentina ranks among the countries in Latin America with the highest vehicle-related death rates. One local activist group includes mothers whose children died in traffic accidents.
Sybil Wettasinghe is a veteran author and illustrator in Sri Lanka who is known for her popular children’s books, satirical newspaper columns and distinctive line drawings. Beginning her writing career soon after Sri Lanka gained independence from the British, she was one of the first authors to create stories for children based on characters and settings from rural Sri Lanka. Her books have drawn devoted fans spanning several generations and living around the world.
Municipality’s First Female Mayor Draws Inspiration From Mandela, Prioritizes Cameroonian Women and Youth
One of the first two female mayors in the Northwest region of Cameroon lists women's advancement and youth development among her priorities for office as she begins her five-year term. Her election is part of a larger trend of women taking on leadership roles in Cameroonian politics. Aside from politics, the new mayor is a humanitarian who shelters orphans and people in need.
In Chiapas, young women are emerging to play the marimba, a traditional musical instrument and genre that represents local identity. The southern Mexican state is home to various professional and amateur marimba groups, and many of the 122 municipalities have an official marimba orchestra. As with many musical genres in Mexico, men have dominated the marimba, but a new generation of women are finding ways to play the music they love.
Youth Gangs in Kenyan Slum Renounce Ethnic Violence and Return Property After Decadelong Housing Standoff
After a decade of ethnic violence following a housing dispute in a Kenyan slum, landlords have regained ownership of their homes for the first time and are fixing them up to rent. Former members of two violent gangs in the slum have been promoting peace in their community for a year to yield the return of the first 21 homes to their owners. An international nonprofit organization is supporting the young people’s peace efforts and asks the government and residents for more time to achieve a nonviolent return of all homes taken from landlords after the 2002 election.