Ashoka Fellows – Social Entrepreneurs
Albina Ruíz Ríos
Founder and President
Ciudad Saludable (Healthy City)
Ciudad Saludable was created to improve the quality of life for the poorest people in developing countries through sustainable environmental management. We are dedicated to promoting improvements in the management of solid waste and to the economic and social inclusion of recyclers or scrap dealers. Initiatives include environmental education for sustainable development; promoting eco-efficient models; and strengthening Ciudad Saludable’s presence in both the national and international arena while broadening the social impact of its activities.
Founder and Director
OPI creates cutting edge technological tools for the design, implementation and evaluation of social policy. The lack of a data infrastructure in the social sector – especially when compared to other sectors—makes it inefficient when it comes to collaborating with others to tackle our times’ greatest challenges. OPI’s cloud based technology spans the analytics spectrum, from data generation to analysis, in order to service the sector’s intelligence needs.
Fundación EHAS works to improve health services in rural and isolated areas of developing countries with a particular focus on pregnant women and young children. We provide information and communication technologies to people in areas with minimal health care coverage, while furnishing tools to ensure quality diagnosis. We also foster connections to health professionals, including an opportunity to ask questions, provide and receive epidemiological information or coordinate transportation for urgent patients.
President and Chief Executive Officer
MicroManos Corporation provides access to sustainable employment opportunities for jobless or low earning immigrants living in the United States. We also offer custom-designed financial services, such as home-country remittances, at an affordable cost. Through growth of the retail network as well as technology-driven approaches that enable customers to access MicroManos from a distance, we will foster positive, sustainable financial and social inclusion for about 5,000 immigrants per branch.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit that trains public school teachers in its Modern Band method and provides instruments, equipment, and curricula at no cost. By eliminating financial and cultural barriers to learning music, Little Kids Rock has helped more than 1,000 public school teachers better plan curricula, motivate students, and elevate the quality and availability of creative opportunities for more than 300,000 low-income children in 10 U.S. states.
Dr. John Mighton
Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Poor math skills contribute to high dropout rates, limited life success, increased risk of anti-social outcomes and huge economic costs, including a reduced tax base and burdens on the welfare, health and prison systems. JUMP Math produces and sells classroom curricula that accelerate math learning for students across the learning spectrum as demonstrated by third-party evidence.
Eduardo Cauduro Mallmann
Chief Executive Officer
Green Social Bioethanol
Green Social Bioethanol helps the world’s poorest rural communities escape energy poverty and its consequences by providing an innovative bioethanol micro-distillery, which allows for small batch fuel production. This bioethanol can then be used to power electric generators, fuel clean cook stoves, farming machinery, and even flex cars, which will enhance these communities’ overall livelihoods, fostering both autonomy and reliable markets.
Founder and Volunteer President
Turma do Bem
In many countries, a large percentage of the population experience oral health problems, losing teeth at a young age. TdB helps create a world where everyone can smile by providing free dental treatment to children. Through Dentista do Bem, our network of volunteer dentists care for children in their own offices until the child turns 18. This translates into increased health and quality of life, plus a better chance to land that all-important first job.
Chief Executive Officer
Less privileged students are often shut out of higher education because they lack access to capital or financing options, such as scholarships, savings accounts or loans. This perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Lumni seeks to develop an efficient global market for human capital investments, where students use future income as collateral in exchange for financing to cover higher education costs. Lumi also provides students with guidance, mentorship and training to improve their employability.
F123 improves the educational and employment prospects for blind people through high-performance low-cost software, training and technical support. Eighty percent of the blind live in developing countries and more than 90 percent are uneducated and/or unemployed. F123 provides access to affordable technology so that this population can study, work, and ultimately escape poverty.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Cure Violence works to decrease violence in some of the most highly impacted communities, where shootings, killings and unnecessary loss of life lead to multiple health and economic consequences. Cure Violence treats violence as a contagious disease process. The approach is centered on selecting and training community residents to interrupt events and the subsequent chain of violence, while changing behaviors and group norms in residents’ own neighborhoods.
Co-Founder with our workers who are deaf
We are a sustainable social business manufacturing solar-powered hearing aids for those with hearing loss, primarily children, in developing countries. SolarEar itself is staffed by hearing impaired workers. Our cross-border social themes include health, education, the environment, peace building, human rights and inclusion. We focus on scaling up our activities and replicating our outcomes, as a child with a hearing aid can learn to communicate and have the opportunity to attend public school.
Twitter handle: @solarear
Founder and Director
DBS provides a method for early diagnosis of infectious and non-communicable diseases, which is affordable in disadvantaged communities: It is the democratization of prevention in a world where standing still is not an option. DBS is not about treating disease. It is about managing health. Our ¨One drop to help two lives¨ campaigns use a model where one paid-for test also funds a blood test for a person in a marginalized community.
José Manuel Moller
Algramo was born from the experience of José Manuel Moller, a commercial engineer. He realized that people who purchased products in small quantities at neighborhood stores were paying a 30 percent or higher surcharge. Algramo sells rice, lentils, chickpeas, beans and detergent via automatic machines that dispense measured quantities that the customer wants and can afford. The re-usable containers are designed to ensure quality and hygiene and provide the proper amount for daily consumption.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Superate y Triunfa
The experience of millions of Hispanic immigrants in the United States is one of accumulated disadvantages stemming from their immigrant and socioeconomic status and lack of knowledge about the U.S. system. Education is the answer. We base our programs and strategies on the premise that engaging Hispanic immigrant parents, mostly mothers, at their children’s schools has a positive and immediate impact on the parents, their children, the schools, and their communities.
Psychological help in Mexico is seen as a luxury. Children fear retaliation if they reveal their experiences of abuse. Proyecto Antenas is a therapeutic tool that uses a virtual puppet controlled in real-time by a certified psychologist, and that achieves results more quickly than conventional therapy. Children trust the Proyecto Antenas characters and will tell them painful secrets. The tool is used in hospitals, community centers, and in the office of the federal attorney general.
Facebook: Antenas Antenópolis
Founder & President
ITNAmerica is the first national non-profit transportation network for older people faced with a choice between driving when it is no longer safe or being stranded in their own homes. Through the power of information technology and the strength of local, grassroots support, ITNAmerica helps communities develop the Independent Transportation Network (ITN) to create an efficient, scalable and financially sustainable solution to the transportation needs of older people and their families.
CEO / Co- Founder
Iluméxico provides electricity and energy services to remote communities that do not have access to electric power with the aim of reducing diesel and candle consumption, which harms people’s health and the environment. This is achieved using solar energy that adapts to the rural market with “last-mile” distribution channels, flexible financing mechanisms, and community development programs.
OTELO (open technology labs) initiates, develops and conducts interdisciplinary, easily accessible research using experimental laboratories. Our aim is to counteract the forces of migration, high unemployment, growing poverty and the loss of regional identity and culture. OTELO works toward this through development and deployment of new technologies, development of sustainable employment and education models, by designing local communication and networking platforms, and through integration of social innovation.
Founder and President
To counter deforestation, Kinomé turns trees and forests into a human and economic development solution. We bring together communities, NGOs, businesses, institutions, scientists and schools. In an integrated way, we improve access to water, food and health care, and produce incremental revenues and stronger social relationships while reducing climate risks. To further raise awareness of the importance of forests, Kinomé has created an international movement called Forest and Life.
President and CEO
Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. We achieve our mission by certifying and promoting Fair Trade products.
CEO & Founder
Citymart is an impact organization helping cities transform their communities by strengthening their innovation capacity, sharing inspiring solutions and methods, and increasing entrepreneurship. We do this by helping cities introduce problem-focused procurement methods that engage a much wider community of innovators in solving urban and social challenges.
Twitter handle: @CitymartTeam | @LLGACities
Founder and Executive Director
The Horus Institute
The Horus Institute provides policy development and management assistance to governments, non-profits and other entities, primarily in Latin America, dealing with invasive alien species, which is the world’s largest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss. The goal is to restore natural ecosystems and conserve biodiversity. We empower people by building capacity and information systems, and we strengthen government action by producing invasive species lists for legislative initiatives, programs and model regulations.
Website (english): http://www.institutohorus.org.br/index.php?tipoLingua=ingles
Facebook: Instituto Hórus de Desenvolvimento e Conservação Ambiental, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Instituto-H%C3%B3rus-de-Desenvolvimento-e-Conserva%C3%A7%C3%A3o-