Aid : Goats and Soda Aid

An Afghan amputee lifts weights at the International Committee of the Red Cross facility for war victims and the disabled in Mazar-i-Sharif. In September, a patient shot and killed a staffer, closing the center for a month and contributing to a decision to scale back operations in the country. Qais Usyan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Clockwise from top left: Flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Texas. A victim of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Rescuers search for survivors after the earthquake in Mexico. Monsoon flooding in India. Top Left: Emily Kask Top Right: Carolyn Cole Bottom Left: Diptendu Dutta Bottom Right: Pedro Pardo/Getty Images hide caption

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What The Pileup Of U.S. Disasters Means For The World

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Modu Churi, who fled his village to escape the militant Boko Haram group last year, now earns a living by charging cellphones for displaced persons in northeastern Nigeria. Jide Adeniyi-Jones for NPR hide caption

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How To Succeed In Business After Fleeing For Your Life

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Mary Abagi on her farm. She used the payout from her merry-go-round savings club to buy a goat. Nichole Sobecki/for NPR hide caption

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How To Buy A Goat When You're Really Poor? Join A 'Merry-Go-Round'

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Denis Otieno is one of the villagers getting $22 each month from the charity GiveDirectly. He and his wife have used some of the money to buy cypress saplings. They hope to sell the trees for lumber in a few years to pay for their children's education. Nichole Sobecki for NPR hide caption

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How To Fix Poverty: Why Not Just Give People Money?

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After the 2010 earthquake, NGOs dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage at the end of the Port-au-Prince city landfill, which borders the sea and is not lined with an impermeable material. Marie Arago for NPR hide caption

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You Probably Don't Want To Know About Haiti's Sewage Problems

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Development Ventures International was the first investor in Mera Gao Power, which has designed a solar-powered microgrid to provide electricity to off-grid villages in India. Anna da Costa/Courtesy of USAID hide caption

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