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    Interview with Cedric Solms

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    This is about a new kind of leadership. I want to become a new kind of leader.

    Tracey Chambers - The Clothing Bank

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    Building on her initial idea of channeling excess amounts of retail stock to unemployed women in townships so they can start their own businesses, Tracey Chambers created “upskilling and business launch hubs” in the three largest metro areas in South Africa—Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. With a growing number of business models for unemployed women and men, she continues to expand the reach of her hub network in other cities.

    Nonprofit Organization Highlights Local Changemakers in Haiti

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    "People in poverty are championing the way out of poverty," declared Daphne Nederhorst,

    A Mobile Commerce Approach to Poverty Alleviation

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    The Grameen Foundation’s Mobile Microfranchising initiative was selected as one of the winners of the Ashoka Changemakers 

    Book Release from the Ashoka Community: The Wealth of the Poor - Scaling Up Business Solutions to Social Problems

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    Irrigation pumps, latrines, home improvement packages or bicycles could be added to this list. The cumulated impact of these investments would literally transform the lives of these families. So, why aren’t these families seizing these attractive investment opportunities?

    The Rise of the Changemaker Business

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    The respected economist John Kay dedicated one of his regular columns in The Financial Times last week to the

    Ashoka Future Forward Innovation Challenge Winners Named Forbes Africa's Top 30

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    Ashoka is honored to announce that two of the Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment challenge winners, Ellen Chilemba and Alain Nteff, were selected among 30 Africa’s most promising young entreprenuers for 2015.

    Maria Teresa Romeiro Leal, who works with seamstresses in a Brazilian slum, reveals two realities about business and poverty: first, workshops owned by poor women can compete in the world of haute couture; and second, making quality goods is the best way for poor women to find business partners, open markets, and earn a living.

    By introducing an impressive array of environmentally-friendly economic development projects to the Amazon’s most deforested region, Vitória da Riva Carvalho is proving that conservation does not have to come at the expense of economic growth. She is creating entirely new value chains around low-impact tourism, while protecting the forest and incentivizing cutting-edge environmental research and education.