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João Roberto Cilento Winther

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 1988

Brazil
Joao Winther intends to give the fishermen living along Brazil's vast coast preventive legal protection so they can defend their continued use of the oceanfront. Read more

Marta esteves de almeida Gil

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 1989

Brazil
Marta is setting up an information system for the physically, mentally and sensorially disabled. The system will collect, produce, and disseminate important information for this currently neglected sector of the population, and with this service, Marta expects to influence public policy, thus... Read more
Rosangela Bieler, a 32-year-old journalist and paraplegic, is the founder and president of the Independent Living Center of Rio de Janeiro, an organization which is spearheading the movement of disabled Brazilians to win full citizenship. Read more
Sergio Marques Santana, 32, is improving the lives of the low income population of the Baixada Fluminense, a proletarian suburb of Rio de Janeiro and of poor rural groups by developing concrete opportunities of exchange and support among these two groups. Read more

Jane Chiang Sieh

Ashoka Fellow since Dec 1989

Brazil
Jane Sieh works with adolescent girls from the slums of Campinas, SP, offering them an alternative to life on the street. Read more
Marilena Lazzarini, who helped create Sao Paulo's first government consumer agency, is now working to build a model private consumer defense group. Success in South America's biggest business center, enormously important in itself, will also encourage others across the continent to follow. Read more
Mara Ferreira, a former geographer, urban planner, and systems analyst for the city of Rio de Janeiro, has taken her skills and training to the countryside. She has developed a comprehensive systems approach that grassroots rural communities can readily use. Read more

Victoria Shocrón

Ashoka Fellow since Feb 1995

Argentina
Victoria Shocrón is working, in a non-confrontational way, to integrate young people with disabilities into Argentine society and to educate the Argentine public about people with disabilities. In pursuing those twin goals, she has developed a set of programs, including agreements with progressive... Read more

Gustavo Gindre Monteiro Soares

Ashoka Fellow since Nov 1995

Brazil
A leader in a growing community of communications specialists in Brazil, Gustavo Gindre Monteiro Soares has assembled a group of socially aware communications professionals to devise new ways of using communications to reach and serve average citizens. Employing a "living laboratory" methodology,... Read more

Wigold Bertoldo Schäffer

Ashoka Fellow since Nov 1995

Brazil
Wigold Schäffer is developing, demonstrating and testing a new model for the operation of small farms that reconciles the preservation of secondary forests and attendant biodiversity with farmers' desires for higher incomes and improved quality of life. Combining native species reforestation, the... Read more