Buried in a Tree

Before the written word came to Senegal, storytellers known as griots were the keepers of history. Translator Mbouille Diallo talks about these mystical storytellers in the video below. Video by Geoff Oliver BugbeeAustin Bailey was in Senegal last

Bad Luck, Good Luck

It’s 110 degrees and blowing dust while Khady Sarr stands over a pot of millet simmering on an open flame. All around the village of Diarrere, other women are doing the same. Smoke rises from sandy courtyards encircled by mud brick huts and

On Overhead and Ethical High Horses

Dan Pallotta's Harvard Business Review blog posted this week turns conflict of interest on its head. Pallotta, author of the book Uncharitable, writes regularly about how an emphasis created by watchdogs on keeping overhead costs low is often

It's Expensive Being Poor

Photo by Geoff Bugbee Poverty costs. The question is, how much? How much does it cost for a woman to walk a mile for water? How much does it cost to wait for the bus when you're never sure it will even show up? How much...

Making a Difference: Kale Seagraves

About a year ago, I began following Poverty News Blog that covers issues ranging from Indonesian women migrating to other countries for work to monitoring progress on the Millennium Development Goals and grandmothers organizing in Swaziland. The

The Walk for Water

Video by Geoff Oliver Bugbee Fatou Dione walks in oven-hot wind churning with dust to fetch water for her husband and four children. It’s the dry season in her village of Diarrere in Senegal, and both water and food are running low. The

Measuring the Fight Against Poverty

Photo courtesy betterplace.org The May 17 edition of the New Yorker profiles Esther Duflo, an M.I.T. professor of development economics who co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in 2003. The article offers insight into the

The Money Man of Fandene

Photos by Geoff Oliver Bugbee Thirty-year-old Clarice Tine has biceps Madonna would die for, plus she’s got her hands on the money. Tine is the treasurer for the Fandene community group near Thies in Senegal. Her group is

Dil Maya Learns to Read

Our Nepal-based communications officer Puja Singh sends this video from the field. During a recent visit to Nepal's Chitwan District, Heifer International COO Steve Denne met Dil Maya Chepang. Her family received goats and training through a

Crop Mob

Volunteers help build a chicken coop at Felder Farm in Little Rock, AR The idea of crops mobs has been getting some press lately (most notably in the NY Times). The idea is pretty simple: landless farmers, gardeners, and wannabe farmers get