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Tetê (Maria Teresa) Leal

Ashoka Fellow since Sep 1999

Brazil

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...

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Nelsa Nespolo

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2006

Brazil

Nelsa Nespolo is creating a “fair chain” model that brings workers in the supply chain into ownership and management responsibilities—giving them greater control over their livelihoods.

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Wagner Gomes

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2011

Brazil

Wagner Gomes has created a development initiative that unites students from rural backgrounds with impoverished farmers in the Northeast of Brazil to collaborate with one another and increase their productivity.

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Teresa Corção

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2013

Brazil

By bringing Brazil’s traditional foods like cassava back to life in top culinary markets, Teresa Corção is helping both small farmers and the country’s health.

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Carmen Velasco

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2016

Peru

For over 25 years, Carmen has dedicated her life to ensuring that women at the base of the pyramid have access to the capital and support needed to transform their lives and improve their families’ standard of living. As the cofounder of ProMujer, a pioneer organization in the field of microfinance...

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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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