Ashoka Fellows – Social Entrepreneurs


Jane Goodall

Africa Meets Africa

Helene Smuts - Founder and Director

Category: Learning & Education

Africa meets Africa promotes the usage of local cultural expression as an educational tool. Their integrated approach to learning serves all of South Africa’s educators, and investigates and debates what is meant by the term Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS).

Web: http://www.africameetsafrica.co.za

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Canasta de Semillas

Guadalupe Ortiz Monasterio Landa - President

Category: Environment

Canasta de Semillas’ mission is to establish seed banks in rural communities to meet the challenges of climate change in agriculture, and promote the formation of organic seed producers and their entries into the organic market.

Web: http://canastadesemillas.org/

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Development Reality Institute

Verengai Mabika - Founder and Director

Category: Environment

Development Reality Institute is a Zimbabwean youth-oriented organization that envisions a society where there is sustainable use of natural resources and adaptation to climate change. Their programs combine the communicative edge of new media, the Internet and webcasting and aim to cultivate a new generation of social entrepreneurs.

Web: http://www.driafrica.org
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1et7C7Y
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1axu3DW

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Enova

Jorge Camil Starr - Founder

Category: Learning & Education

Enova is a social enterprise dedicated to creating informed digital citizens from underserved Mexican communities. To combat Mexico’s failing educational system Enova created RIA, a group of 70 educational centers that provide access to computers, and blended learning models in a range of specialized courses to students.

Web: http://www.enova.mx/
Twitter: http://bit.ly/17K48Yn
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/16a0Ssg

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Genesys Works

Rafael Alvarez - Founder

Category: Learning & Education

Genesys Works changes the life trajectory of underprivileged high school students by facilitating meaningful internships for them at major corporations during their senior years in high school. Genesys Works helps students discover that they can succeed in college and as professionals in the corporate world.

Web: http://www.genesysworks.org
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1et2AZ3
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1dbAlKi

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Green Social Bioethanol

Eduardo Cauduro Mallmann - CEO

Category: Economic Development

Green Social Bioethanol helps the world’s poorest rural communities to escape energy poverty and its complex outcomes by providing them with an innovative bioethanol micro-distillery. By producing their own fuel, they can power electric generators, fuel clean cookstoves, farming machinery, and even flex cars, all of which enhance these communities’ overall livelihoods with autonomy and reliable markets.

Web: http://green-social.com/
Twitter: http://bit.ly/15XOLhW
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1awYDNN

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Grupo EOZ

Flor Cassassuce - Director

Category: Health

Grupo EOZ is a non-profit organization that develops, manufactures and distributes water purifiers to rural communities in Mexico. After detecting grave water contamination problems affecting more than 611 rural water sources in Mexico, Grupo EOZ has dedicated their efforts to improve the quality of life and health for those communities.

Web: http://grupoeoz.com/
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1cHb7n1
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1dQr0ve

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Institución Renace A.B.P.

Ernesto Canales Santos - President

Category: Civic Engagement

Institución Renace A.B.P. defends unjustly prosecuted low-income people in Mexico who cannot defend themselves or pay an adequate defense. By identifying cases unjustly accused and detained in state prisons, they help innocent people avoid institutionalization and unfair penalties.

Web: http://www.renace.org.mx/
Twitter: http://bit.ly/17K1Ngf
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/16qBLPe
Youtube: http://bit.ly/1esJ4fn

 

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Instituto Alana

Ana Lucia Villela - President and Founder

Category: Civic Engagement

Instituto Alana’s project, Satisfeito is a global movement that aims to alleviate child hunger and prevent food waste. Participating restaurants provide consumers the opportunity to pay regular price for a dish that is 1/3 smaller. The remaining funds are then transferred to organizations that work towards combating child food insecurity.

Web: http://www.satisfeito.com/en
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/18UZODm
Vimeo: http://bit.ly/17Qubho
App: http://bit.ly/1aCPmHB
Tumbler: http://bit.ly/19Iel7Q

Jane Goodall

Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation

Catalina Escobar - Founder

Category: Economic Development

The Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of low-income infants and adolescent mothers in Cartagena, Colombia. The foundation combats the lack of resources in city hospitals and clinics by providing young mothers and their children with medical, psychological and emotional care.

Web: https://juanfe.org/
Twitter: http://bit.ly/14juKPu
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/15zAjN3

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La Organización para la Conservación de Cetáceos

Rodrigo Garcia - Executive Director

Category: Environment

La Organización para la Conservación de Cetáceos (OCC), promotes awareness and educational programs for the protection of whales in Uruguay and Latin America. OCC developed the Responsible and Sustainable Tourism program as a tool for the conservation of marine natural heritage and cultural values of coastal communities. 

Web: http://www.occ.org.uy
Twitter: http://bit.ly/17Jglul
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1a0BIcy

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Peace First

Eric Dawson - President and Co-Founder

Category: Learning & Education

Peace First exists to create the next generation of peacemakers by believing that young people are powerful, positive leaders in the present, with the capacity and inclination to create lasting change around them. The Peace First model teaches students to work effectively with others to resolve conflicts, solve community problems, communicate ideas effectively, and form positive social relationships.

Web: http://www.peacefirst.org
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1e9Ty1U
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/16quHSQ
Instagram: http://bit.ly/14MUA0S
Youtube: http://bit.ly/15XYgxI

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PROSPERA

Gabriela Enrigue - Founder

Category: Economic Development

PROSPERA’s mission is to provide solutions to micro entrepreneurs in vulnerable situations; especially female-headed households. Through various information technologies, they seek to integrate value chains and put micro entrepreneurs in contact with activists, cultural promoters, social entrepreneurs and organizations that help them grow and become high-performance businesses.

Web: http://www.prosperando.org/
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1eR6f2Z
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/15qrbrM

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Recycle Across America/Recycle Across the World

Mitch Hedlund - Executive Director

Category: Environment

Recycle Across America/Recycle Across the World has introduced a society-wide standardized labeling system for recycling bins that makes recycling easier and less confusing for the public. This system can double the amount of recyclables collected and nearly eliminate the amount of trash that has historically been thrown into recycling bins as a result of the confusion.

Web: http://www.recycleacrossamerica.org
Twitter: http://bit.ly/14Swyw2
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1axpcCC

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RodAda Hacker

Daniela B. Silva - Creator/Coordinator

Category: Technology

RodAda Hacker is an organization committed to empowering females in Brazil to learn to code and program. RodAda presents women with the fundamental building blocks of the construction of coding and encourages them to be the new players in the digital world.

Web: http://rodadahacker.com/
Twitter: #RodAdaHacker
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/15S0COA

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Saúde & Alegria

Dr. Eugenio Scannavino Netto - Founder and General Coordinator

Category: Health

Saúde & Alegria works with isolated communities in the Brazilian Amazon to promote participatory processes of sustainable and integrated community development. Their goal is to improve public policy, quality of life and help them exercise their rights as citizens.

Web: http://www.saudeealegria.org.br/nosso_projeto.php
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/17wAuWs

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Streetfootballworld

Jürgen Griesbeck - CEO and Founder

Category: Learning & Education

Streetfootballworld unites close to 100 organizations throughout the world that use football as a tool to empower young people, and to address such issues as HIV/AIDS prevention, social integration and peace building. Streetfootballworld is building a global ecosystem that allows for sustainable development of local initiatives and seeks to make the whole football industry socially responsible.

Web: http://www.streetfootballworld.org
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1825CfD
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/15YeKpE
Youtube: http://bit.ly/14SvDMh

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TdB

Fábio Bibancos - President and Founder

Category: Health

TdB aims to expand oral healthcare access for those too poor to afford it themselves. Made possible by the volunteer work of dentists, children and low-income youth between 11 and 17 years of age in Brazil receive free dental care.

Web: http://turmadobem.org.br/br/
Twitter: http://bit.ly/156wIjy
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/17VpliW

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The Open Technology Institute’s Commotion Wireless Project

Sascha Meinrath - Director

Category: Technology

The Open Technology Institute’s Commotion Wireless Project facilitates free, universal, safe communications for everyone on the planet—using mobile phones, Wi-Fi-enabled computers, and other Wi-Fi-capable personal devices to create peer-to-peer wireless communications networks. By supporting alternative infrastructures and business models, OTI’s work will connect the poorest 2 or 3 quintiles of the global populous.

Web: http://oti.newamerica.net/
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1bfjE2C

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Welcoming America

David Lubell - Executive Director

Category: Civic Engagement

Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative that works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. The ultimate goal is to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns.

Web: http://www.welcomingamerica.org
Twitter: http://bit.ly/18bj0Mo
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1eLBV7r
LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/1db406g

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¡Échale! a tu Casa

Francesco Piazzesi - Founder and CEO

Category: Economic Development

¡Échale! a tu Casa helps low-income families in Mexico and the rest of the world to construct decent housing. Families self-construct their homes and receive advice from a professional team on how to design and build sustainable and ecological housing. Beneficiaries acquire field experience learning a new trade and are given a certificate.

Web: http://www.echale.com.mx/
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1f7Mou3
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/162WfJA