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    Katie Orenstein: The OpEd Project

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    For over 25 years, Carmen has dedicated her life to ensuring that women at the base of the pyramid have access to the capital and support needed to transform their lives and improve their families’ standard of living. As the cofounder of ProMujer, a pioneer organization in the field of microfinance, Carmen has been a leader in the field of microfinance across Latin America.

    Mariana breaks with the poverty cycle and develops a Social Reintegration and Gender Equality Model of young woman. Through her organization Laboratoria, prepares them to technical and socio emotional level to give their first step in a career. At the same the time Mariana is able to find quality employments to hundreds of women in Latin America.

    From Subsistence Farming to Fair Trade - Empowering Women in Burkina Faso: Ashoka Fellow Marceline Ouedraogo

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    By improving the quality of Shea Butter production in Burkina Faso, Marcelline Ouedraogo has enabled a significant increase in income to more than 3,000 women across the country. 

    In Memory of Marcelline Ouédraogo

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    The global Ashoka community deeply mourns the loss of Marceline Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso, founder of Groupement Férminin Songtaaba.

    Great time to invest in women entrepreneurs, says Mann Deshi Bank’s Chetna Sinha

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    Chetna Sinha, along with six other women, will co-chair the 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting to be held at Davos between 23 and 26 Ja

    Huriye and her team are working with fisherwomen to disrupt the rooted gender roles in the Turkish aquaculture sector. Through trainings, education and advocacy, Huriye is alleviating the marginalization of women in the workforce, protecting coastal ecosystems and empowering women to be changemakers in their communities and their own lives.

    Announcing the Final Winners of Challenging Norms, Powering Economies

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    Arlington, VA -- Ashoka, Open Society Foundations and UN Women are very pleased to announce the four women’s organizations from Af