Tanzanian Seif Sakate stood out in the small, Australian coastal town he called home but it helped him get noticed by the locals who eventually followed him to Africa to build a school and a kindergarten.
Vanilla is big money in a nation that produces up to 80 per cent of the world's natural vanilla, but which hangs around the bottom of global poverty lists. On the streets of Madagascar's vanilla capital Sambava, fast-moving hustlers trade the bean like drugs.
Newly-elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is beginning his term with grand gestures of change, including putting the state-owned Mexican version of Air Force One — worth $US200 million-plus — on the market.
After 20 years of collecting coins, Big Issue vendors are this week making the switch to tap-and-go technology, becoming the latest not-for-profit to make the change in a bid to stay afloat in Australia's increasingly cashless economy.
Onion-chopping on an industrial scale may sound like a kitchen nightmare, but it's all in a day's work for the volunteers who hope to produce 5 million meals a year for the disadvantaged.
Relief providers allege some staff at the NT's energy retailer have a poor understanding of financial hardship and decline assistance even when the charity determines the person to be in need.
A chance meeting with nuns in a Manila bar led to the founding of a unique humanitarian enterprise that draws professional hairdressers, including international stars of the industry, to the slums of Asia in the hope of drawing thousands out of poverty, writes Freya Petersen.
Residents in Brisbane and other urban areas of Queensland are second only to Sydney when it comes to housing stress, new research shows, with one in 10 households spending more than 30 per cent of their income on rent or mortgage repayments.