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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,... Read more

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. Read more

Emmanuel Kasperski

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2010

France
Faced with increasingly complex social and environmental challenges and the insufficient number of social entrepreneurs to address them, Emmanuel Kasperski is creating a supporting environment for everyone to become changemakers. Starting in a French region with some of the lowest levels of social... Read more

Julien Noé

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2011

France
By creating the first viable, sustainable and scalable alternative to the existing nuclear power production system, Julien Noé is helping transform the existing electricity market in France. Julien’s grassroots cooperative model incentivizes citizens to rethink their consumption practices and offers... Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Fabrice Hégron

Ashoka Fellow since May 2015

France
In response to the increasing industrialization of dairy farming in France, Fabrice is developing an entrepreneurial-driven small-scale farming alternative that reinvents the role of farmers keeps them in the agricultural and economic landscape. Through new modes of production and distribution that... Read more

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,... Read more

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. Read more

Michelle Miller

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2019

United States
Michelle Miller is building a 21st Century labor movement that uses digital organizing methodology to give voice and shift power to workers. Read more