Ashoka Globalizer Fellows - Fabric Change

Country: India
Field of Work: Economic Development

Anita Ahuja has turned discarded plastic bags into a valuable resource. She combines principles from enterprise and social service in a new venture that recycles plastic waste and provides employment for ragpickers, one of the most marginalised groups in urban India. Using a proprietary process, they transform discarded...

Country: India
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Manoj Bhatt is creating an income-generation based model of conservation which will generate supplementary cash income for rural families as well as revenue for community-based conservation projects. Manoj, through his organization, Research, Advocacy, and Communication in Himalayan Areas (RACHNA), is using tourism to...

Country: Nicaragua
Field of Work: Environment

Flaviano Bianchini equips communities and grassroots citizen organizations (COs) with the ability to measure the harmful consequences of natural resource extraction and bring lawsuits against their perpetrators. 

Country: Mexico
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Through the Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER), Ben Cokelet is training Latin American civil society organizations to become community guarantors of corporate transparency and accountability. The key to PODER is local capacity building, which can subsequently promote corporate...

Country: Pakistan
Field of Work: Economic Development

Hazer Gul is eliminating the system of bonded labor in the cottage industry sector of Pakistan. Starting with the weaver community in Swat, Hazer is establishing rights awareness, collective power, education, and is integrating informal workers as key players in the economy. Rather than demonize the powerful middlemen...

Country: India
Field of Work: Economic Development

While the potential industrial market for natural fibers in India is $ 3.7 million, it has so far been leveraged only as raw material for subsistence use and a local and restrictive handicrafts market. By building supportive infrastructure and eco-systems for the growth of the natural fiber industry, Sanvar is unlocking...

Country: United States
Field of Work: Human Rights

Beginning with the trucking industry, Kendis Paris is building an anti-human trafficking movement model that could be applied across every mode of transportation in the US and beyond. 

Country: Bangladesh
Field of Work: Civic Engagement, Field of Work: Human Rights

Building on a traditional model, with his organization JITA Bangladesh, Saif has developed a systematic approach of “door-to-door distribution network” engaging underprivileged women as “Sales Entrepreneurs” across Bangladesh.

Country: Canada
Field of Work: Environment

Nicole Rycroft is safeguarding the biodiversity and the long-term survival of ancient forests by shifting heavy paper consuming sectors away from products that originate in the ancient rainforests of British Columbia and endangered forests globally. Simultaneously, she is creating the market demand for ecologically...

Country: Canada
Field of Work: Economic Development

By strengthening women’s economic independence, Lis Suarez-Visbal is decreasing poverty rates among immigrant women in Canada while increasing their awareness of social and ecological practices. Lis is providing immigrant women with opportunities to be successful entrepreneurs who exchange their knowledge and skills...