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 plastic bags into a variety of fashionable products that are sold in high-...
Tülin Akın is building a platform of information technologies to act as an enabling architecture for Turkey’s three million farmer families to fully and actively participate in the economy and society.
Mohammad Kilany is changing Middle Eastern labor markets and economies from opaque systems that exclude most job seekers, to transparent systems that empower all, by using simple and accessible mobile technology.
Zeinab Al-Momani believes that only women themselves can demand their full economic, social and political participation and they can do this best when organized. As a result, she has founded the first agricultural union for and by women in the Arab world. By liberating rural women, Zeinab believes it will affect children, men, and other women to create a more just and successful region.
Irfan Alam is making rickshaw operators and their families “full economic citizens” by building channels for essential services such as banking, individual access to credit and health, and making the rickshaw a “mobile small shop” for the sale of various products and services. Seeing rickshaw operators as significant contributors to the growth of the Indian economy, Irfan believes it is...
André has created an innovative mediation process that peaceably resolves land conflicts in major Brazilian cities, while also promoting local development and empowering low-income communities. Terra Nova’s actions produce reasonably prompt resolutions of longstanding conflicts and satisfy all parties involved: squatters can finally acquire formal titles for the land they live on, landowners...
Edinéa Alcântara is a civil engineer who helps low-income residents plan and build public works projects. While acquiring job skills, residents learn how to use local materials to improve both urban spaces and the environment in their community.
Gusti Ketut Agung, known as Alit, is establishing a fair trade system for craftspeople in Bali, developing their business acumen while creating social and economic sustainability in their communities.
Khalid Alkhudair is enhancing the role of women in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf by carving out new professional work opportunities for women and leading the way towards the integration of Saudi women into the workforce.
By transforming the social, economic, and environmental conditions of small fishermen, Antonio García Allut makes rural fishing communities more viable, and enables fishermen to safeguard the natural environment upon which their livelihood depends.
For the past 25 years, Frank has been transforming community development finance in the U.S. by creating new incentives for mainstream financial institutions to funnel capital into-low-income communities across the country.
Bernard Amadei is transforming the field of engineering, particularly mechanical and civil engineering, by revamping the traditional training model and establishing professional standards to integrate the field more closely with global issues such as poverty alleviation, hunger, and disease.