Our Stories

  • Local well changes Emilia's life

    In the districts of Oecusse and Ermera, local infrastructure projects are making life easier for families like those of Emilia Taninas. Emilia now has access to a well which provides her and her family with clean water.

  • Micro-finance helps bake Maliana’s daily bread

    Micro-finance organizations are boosting the income of poor households, by helping rural women open and run small businesses.

  • New micro-insurance protects women’s livelihoods

    2013 is dawning a little more secure for 9,000 women across Timor-Leste, who are starting the year with life insurance on their small businesses.

  • Small enterprises offer a creative twist on traditional products

    Entrepreneurs and members of cooperatives from around Timor-Leste gather in Dili for a forum on inclusive growth.

  • Timorese youth tackle waste and unemployment, one bottle at a time

    Timor-Leste is a tiny country with a huge trash problem. Water is not potable -- as a result, plastic bottles of all sizes can be found everywhere, marring the country’s natural beauty and creating hazardous health and environmental conditions. The problem is especially glaring in the capital city of Dili, where the bottles are an eyesore in a town that serves as the hub for the country’s ambitious tourism development agenda.