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Verengai Mabika

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2012

Zimbabwe

With a focus on youth in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, Verengai Mabika is developing an array of innovative educational, advocacy, and experience enhancing initiatives to expand awareness and understanding of the challenges posed by global climate change and to facilitate the...

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Allan Savory

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2012

Zimbabwe

Allan Savory is demonstrating how to reverse desertification of the world’s savannas and grasslands, thereby enhancing food and water security and improving human livelihoods, through a livestock and land management technique that restores degraded croplands and watersheds.

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Dumsani Nyoni empowers school teachers and children, renewing their enthusiasm and capacity for teaching and learning. Dumsani links rural schools in Zimbabwe with schools in New York City, initiating a flow of much-needed used books and equipment to his country. Students and teachers from partnered...

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Betty Makoni

Ashoka Fellow since May 2007

Zimbabwe

Betty Makoni is building a new generation of strong, active women citizens. In Zimbabwean society, girls are discriminated against, often abused, and given limited opportunities for expression and development. Through her Girl Child Network, Betty creates safe spaces for girls to grow and connect...

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Marianne Knuth

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2004

Zimbabwe

Marianne Knuth helps rural people to build self-reliance at multiple levels: financial, practical, material, social, psychological, and spiritual.

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Osmond Mugweni

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2002

Zimbabwe

Working in arid and semiarid regions of Zimbabwe, Osmond Mugweni encourages livestock farmers to adopt a collective land management system to improve productivity and halt desertification.

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Esinet Mapondera

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2001

Zimbabwe

Inspired by the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Esinet founded the Zimbabwe Women Finance Trust, the first micro-credit institution in Zimbabwe to use group lending. As a result of her work, Esinet has played a leading role in a host of international endeavors addressing women's issues.

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Betty Chishava

Ashoka Fellow since Sep 1999

Zimbabwe

Betty has created the Chipo Chedu Society to fight pervasive prejudice against childless women in Zimbabwe. Betty organizes childless women, helps them learn skills they need to support themselves, and works with all strata of society, from traditional leaders to mass media, to help raise awareness...

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Virginia Mupandunki

Ashoka Fellow since Sep 1997

Zimbabwe

Virginia Mupanduki is building up a broad national organization consisting exclusively of previously illiterate women and using the power of that organization to eradicate illiteracy, teach skills development, and create a political voice for them.

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Zepheniah Maseko

Ashoka Fellow since Sep 1997

Zimbabwe

Zepheniah Phiri Maseko has pioneered the concept of "water planting" for farmers in southern Zimbabwe and he has taken his ideas and approach across Zimbabwe and into neighboring African countries, including Zambia, Uganda, and Malawi.

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