Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2009
    This description of Ben Powell's work was prepared when Ben Powell was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
    Ben Powell is equipping promising impact entrepreneurs – who run for-profit businesses that serve their community by successfully addressing social problems – with business knowledge and access to investment capital. He is igniting job creation in Nicaragua and demonstrating to the world that the previously unchartered field of socially impactful investment in small businesses that are located in developing countries is a feasible, and even profitable, means of economic development.
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