Ashoka Globalizer Fellows - economic inclusion

Country: India
Field of Work: Economic Development

Paul Basil identifies promising rural innovations, develops them into enterprises, and enables their diffusion through commercial and noncommercial ventures. Through his work, Paul is extending social investment to rural areas and ensuring that the best solutions reach as many thousands of people as possible.

Country: Mozambique
Field of Work: Economic Development

Dorien Beurskens has developed an affordable way to provide vocational education and training to young people in Southern Africa. She has established training centers that are both learning spaces for students and business hubs for entrepreneurs in the community. Dorien has developed a creative model in which the...

Country: India
Field of Work: Environment

Svati Bhogle has created a distribution system to counter the inefficient use of cooking stoves by street food vendors in India; enabling them to easily own fuel efficient stoves, save money on fuel, and earn a better profit. Built on ecological considerations, these improved stoves not only increase their income, but...

Country: Brazil
Field of Work: Economic Development

Rodrigo Brito created the Entrepreneurs Alliance to develop, together with small businesses, infrastructure and quality services to increase income and profit in low-income communities that are normally excluded from the market. The Alliance facilitates a support network with businessmen, students, free-lancers,...

Country: Brazil
Field of Work: Economic Development

Alice Freitas has created a direct sales catalog to help informal artisans overcome the challenges of large-scale distribution. By equipping a team of well-trained sales agents with an intimate understanding of the personal histories and social impact behind the products, Alice enables consumers to exercise informed...

Country: India
Field of Work: Economic Development

Samuel Goldman has invented an inexpensive, universal solar-powered lighting solution which will reduce health hazards and carbon emissions while simultaneously enhancing productivity. His lighting solution can leapfrog a grid network without the use of electricity. Such versatility renders Samuel’s solution applicable...

Country: India
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Prema Gopalan is empowering women to build bridges between facilitating policy at the government level and taking ownership at the local level. This work aims to put rural poor women at the center of decentralized, democratic, basic-service management.

Country: United States
Field of Work: Health

Jordan Kassalow is addressing the market-failure for affordable eye care in the developing world, and the resulting economic burden of vision disability by transforming the eyewear delivery system to ensure that every person has access to the glasses required to live a full, productive life.

Country: Uganda
Field of Work: Environment

While privatization of electricity generation and distribution has increased electricity supplies in Uganda, it has also increased tariffs so that low- and middle-income households cannot afford energy for basic needs. Katherine Lucey is addressing this issue by concentrating on women as key agents in distributing and...

Country: Argentina
Field of Work: Economic Development

Concerned with the failures of many microcredit schemes, Brendan created ‘just-in-time credit’ – a new type of loan that focuses on wealth and job creation as well as sustainable economic growth from the bottom up. Brendan is expanding the reach of small-scale lending to include mini-loans for cooperatives and small...