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Tashka Yawanawá works to restore the dignity and sense of identity of indigenous communities in Brazil through a series of cultural revitalization efforts and innovative business partnerships—proving that maintaining cultural integrity need not conflict with achieving economic prosperity.

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Mathias Yashim

Ashoka Fellow since May 2013


Mathias Bodman Yashim is providing young people with the skills and opportunities for practical leadership experiences in order to create a generation of entrepreneurs who generate jobs for themselves and others, instead of endlessly searching for employment.

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Chaiwat Yaowapongsiri

Ashoka Fellow since Dec 1990

Appropriate Technology Development for Rural

Chaiwat Yaowapongsiri is showing how ingenious, inexpensive appropriate technology can work to solve problems, improve living conditions, and create economic opportunities for Thailand's rural poor. By applying domestic know-how to both age old tasks and new low-tech industries, he is changing the...

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Hannarong Yaowalers

Ashoka Fellow since May 2012

Thai Water Partnership

In an age of continuing dam construction in Asian countries, Hannarong Yaowalers is establishing a new public understanding of wetlands, formerly perceived as wastelands, by working with local communities to establish economic incentives for conservation. Hannarong is developing participatory...

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Achmad (Eko) Yani

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 1999

Pusat Studi dan Pengembangan Sumber Daya Manusia

Eko is creating a new sustainable community system that accommodates all the usually confrontational stakeholders in integrated dry land farming, supporting this with technological innovations that promote economic sustainability.

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M. Yamin

Ashoka Fellow since May 2002


M. Yamin is reconfiguring a traditional, village-level decision-making institution, the banjar, to realize the opportunities of Indonesia's emerging democracy.

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Desiré Marie Yameogo

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2014

Burkina Faso

Over the last decade, Desire has turned the traditional activity of beekeeping into a modern, vibrant, environmentally sound, and profitable industry that provides rural populations with a new level of economic potential. From this initial, hard-won success, Desire is bringing his comprehensive...

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Oren Yakobovich

Ashoka Fellow since May 2014

United Kingdom

Human rights abuses remain unseen every day - with victims in hard-to reach areas left with no means to hold their perpetrators to account. Oren Yakobovich founded Videre in 2008 to empower oppressed communities to capture violations on video as they occur, and to expose them through a newly created...

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Supa Yaimuang

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2013

Sustainable Agriculture Foundation

Supa Yaimuang is creating a movement of city farming in Thailand to improve access to nutrition for urban residents, while addressing a variety of social and economic problems through community collaborations. Supa’s city farming model is improving the lives of diverse clusters of society, including...

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Constance Yaï

Ashoka Fellow since Dec 1998

Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Constance Yai is the first person in Cote d'Ivoire to successfully introduce grassroots organizing around women's rights. Her several campaigns have crossed social and economic barriers and laid the foundation for dismantling a legal structure that discriminates against women from the time they are...

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