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A New Social Venture Takes the Lead from TOMS Shoes to Fight Child Hunger

Two Degrees addresses malnutrition in developing countries with a get-one, give-one sales approach.

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Lauren Walters still can't believe what he witnessed in the pediatric ward of a village hospital in Rwanda. As an advisor with the Boston-based nonprofit Partners in Health, he had visited impoverished and disaster-ravaged areas around the world. But in that pediatric ward he got his first up-close look at the harsh effects of malnutrition on children--many also suffering from tuberculosis, HIV or malaria.

By the Numbers
"We started this to give people very simple opportunities to make a difference," Hauser says. "To see that actually happening is really satisfying."

925 Million: Undernourished people worldwide in 2010 (nearly 16 percent of the population of developing countries).

10.9 Million: Annual number of child deaths. Poor nutrition contributes to approximately half of that total.

160 Number of days each year that undernourished kids may suffer from illness.

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