Mutual aid in Europe: how German and Georgian farmers are joining together to combat soil erosion. And in Spain, the collapse of the real estate bubble is forcing thousands of Ecuadorian immigrants to return to their homeland.
Over the past few years, Spain has become home to hundreds of thousands Latin American immigrants. They thrived there during the construction boom era, but now that the real estate bubble has burst, their dreams have been wrecked.
Around a half million Ecuadorians lived and worked in Spain, but now they’re leaving in droves. Hipatia Condor and her family are among those returning home with little but the clothes on their backs. Over the past decade, they paid off nearly 100,000 euros of their mortgage in Spain, but the bank says that barely covers the interest.
We pay a visit to 28-year-old Raja, a dolphin-tour operator from Sri Lanka.
For the past years, Kenya’s economy has enjoyed a sound growth rate. Although sixty percent of the country’s population still lives in poverty, the middle class is growing.
Richard Kimani is an entrepreneur who got his start as a distributor of mineral water. Meanwhile, he has also become a successful juice producer who has nearly 360 Kenyan farmers under contract. Much of their mango harvest used to rot and go to waste - but now Kimani turns their fruit into juicy profits.
Less rainfall due to climate change and strong mountain winds are causing serious soil erosion in Georgia. The ongoing effects of overforestation and overgrazing during the Soviet era are exacerbating the problem.
Even though Georgia’s soil is richer in minerals than Germany’s, soil erosion has reduced harvests there by up to 40 percent. Now German farmers are providing tips to their Georgian counterparts to help them slow down soil erosion.