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Giving Roma and Egyptians in Albania an economic boost

Firdes Tole, a divorced mother of three in the Roma community of Pogradec, in Albania, could barely make ends meet cultivating sage for 3 months a year as a seasonal worker at her neighbor’s farm.  One day, Tole heard about a training on medicinal plant cultivation offered to the members of themore

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Harnessing the Sun’s Abundance

Albania has plenty of sunshine—around 265 days a year. What it hasn’t had is much capacity to harness the sun’s abundant rays as a source of clean, renewable energy. Gradually, hat’s beginning to change—in the National Park of Thethi, for instance. Nestled high in the Albanian Alps, the park is homemore

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Helping Authorities Explain the Real Cost of H2O

Once a month, Fatjon and his wife Vjollca, drive ten kilometers from their home in Tirana to a spring on the slopes of Mount Dajti, near the capital’s aqueduct. Although the mountain and its pine forest designated as a national park are renowned for their vistas of the city, the couple is in no moodmore

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In Albania, new horizons open for domestic violence survivors

Rina spent the last three months of her last pregnancy at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Tirana. She and two of her younger children, aged 2 and 5, had fled their abusive home in Burrel, in the mountains of northern Albania. Rina's eyes fill with tears when she speaks of the eldest more