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Episode #501

series: Global 3000

air date: 1/13/13 6:00 AM

Social Entrepreneur Helps Turn Autism into a Vocational Advantage: Danish social entrepreneur Thorkil Sonne set up an IT company called "Specialisterne" in 2004. It's a consulting company, that employs people with autism. Their difficulties are often accompanied by unique talents, such as razor-sharp memories, great powers of concentration, precision and an eye for detail. Such skills make them particularly suited to working for computer or software companies. Sonne thought it was unfair that people with autism were practically locked out of the labor market and set himself the ambitious goal of creating one million jobs for them worldwide. Climate: Peruvian Farmers Battle Climate Change: Peru's northern coastline is increasingly being battered by storms and other extreme weather linked to climate change. Now together with a local financial establishment, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) has set up an insurance system that helps compensate farmers in the case of damage. Valentin Ruiz, the chairman of the Cooperative of Banana Producers in the region, is worried by the effects that storms and flooding have on the banana crop. To protect banana producers from the effects of El Nino, he and his members have collected money for dams and levees. Climate - Biodiesel Makes Life Easier for Women in Benin: Seventy percent of people in the West African state of Benin live in the countryside. Most of them don't have any electricity. North of the capital Porto Novo, the French organization Geres is overseeing a project that makes life a bit easier, by helping people to process their food with the help of machines. The project is primarily targeted at women in the Zou region, who have got together to form cooperatives. Geres has set up 35 plants where women can process their foodstuffs. As diesel is expensive, the machines are run on biodiesel.

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