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Sonya Passi

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2019

United States

Financial insecurity is the number one threat to an abuse survivor’s safety. Sonya is transforming the domestic violence movement from a mindset of crisis response to a focus on stability-building by bringing together the domestic violence and asset building movements.

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Brandon Dennison

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2018

United States

Brandon Dennison is showing the workforce development sector how they can pioneer new and viable economic markets while at the same time creating direct employment and personal development opportunities for disadvantaged workers, dramatically transforming a stale field and helping whole regions see...

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Radek Hábl

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2018

Czech Republic

Radek Hábl is developing an evidence-based, holistic and systemic approach to transform the current unfair ecosystem of debt, spur close cooperation among key actors and bring a million of over-indebted and excluded Czech citizens back to society.

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Hamse Warfa

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

United States

Through BanQu, a disruptive innovation in the digital identity and financial inclusion spaces, Hamse and his co-founders Ashish Gadnis and Jeff Keiser are creating a paradigm shift in the way individuals and organizations (large and small) engage with refugees.

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Laura Emiko Soltis

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2017

United States

Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis leads a modern-day freedom school for undocumented youth where students receive free college-level classes, college application assistance, and the social movement leadership training they need to determine the course of their own freedom struggle. Against a backdrop of...

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Duquesne Fednard

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2017

Haiti

Duquesne Fednard has developed a new consumer financing model to make high-impact technologies accessible to Haitians with little to no savings/income. His model leverages economies of scale by aggregating consumer demand and contributes to overcoming the challenge of last mile distribution.

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Florian Zech

Ashoka Fellow since Dec 2016

Germany

Florian Zech provides distressed youth with education opportunities, employment training and alternatives to crime and violence by establishing a dense network of safe and appealing spaces in townships across South Africa. These spaces operate as ‘docking stations’ for a cross-sectoral alliance of...

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Bas van Abel

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2016

Netherlands

By designing and producing the first modular designed, and thus longer lasting, smartphone, building a conflict free and fair supply and production chain, Bas van Abel with his company Fairphone is creating a movement of ethical consumption while shifting the smartphone industry -one of the most...

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Jérémy Lachal

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2015

France

Isolation and inactivity among marginalized communities – from refugee camps to underprivileged neighborhoods – can have dramatic consequences such as violence and physical and mental health problems in communities. In response, Jérémy is defining a new standard for libraries in the 21st Century...

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Yvonnick Huet

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2011

France

In the mid 1980s Yvonnick Huet pioneered a market-based model to solve poverty and food issues through the restructuring of viable local farming markets in developing countries. Unlike the field of development that has traditionally been charity-focused and culturally skeptical toward economy...

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