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The Playbook on How to Become an Agent of Innovation

The 2Seeds Network started with humble beginnings—just a conversation—when a small group of young Americans visited a Tanzanian village.

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The 2Seeds Network started with humble beginnings—just a conversation—when a small group of young Americans visited a Tanzanian village. They got to know the community (composed mostly of small-holder farmers), observed the breakdown in agricultural production and distribution, and a conversation on why the breakdown existed began. What resulted was an invitation from the community to stay, try some new concepts, and work together to improve their yield and profit. Their initial conversation led to much more dialogue, and three months later, their efforts were met with big reward—their Tanzanian partners' income tripled in the first harvest and the village did not have to face its usual hunger season. What 2Seeds learned in that first project, and what it continues to experience throughout the eight projects since, is how to become agents of innovation in the poorest villages in Tanzania.

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More Than Lifesaving: Donating Blood Saves Families

A Tanzanian woman shares her story: a blood transfusion saved her life and gave her the chance to start a family.

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A Tanzanian woman shares her story: a blood transfusion saved her life and gave her the chance to start a family.

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T-Shirt Remix: Recycling America's Used Clothes for Social Impact

Your old t-shirts got shipped to Africa. Project Repat's local artisans recycle and remix them for resale, creating jobs and social impact.

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Ross Lohr wants to sell you a used t-shirt, or six, for $25 a piece. He’ll tell you up front that he bought each one for about a dollar. Sounds like a ripoff? He hopes it’ll seal the deal.

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RISD Architecture Students Take on Tanzania

RISD students will be designing a dining hall for a village school

Students at the Rhode Island School of Design are designing a dining hall for a village school in Pommerin, Tanzania.

The project happened by accident when interior architecture major Laura Sussman was volunteering in Tanzania.

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Tucked into the remote northwest corner of Tanzania, along the country's borders with Rwanda and Burundi, the rural Ngara region has spent much of the last two decades being inundated by and drained of refugees from its neighbors' wars. It's a circumstance that would test any area, never mind one with its own deep economic woes.

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