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Through the “Banco Palmas” (a People’s Bank), Joaquim is pioneering a community-based economic system by identifying and developing the assets of his community. Read more

Leonora Mol

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2009

Brazil

Uygar Özesmi

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2016

Turkey
Uygar Özesmi is a serial social entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to the development of a society and economy that is in harmony with nature. With the belief that a “great transformation” is needed, he has founded over a dozen organizations and initiatives working towards ecological and social... 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

Monish Anand

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

India
Monish has built a new system to capture the creditworthiness of individuals from underserved and unserved markets and is using this system to rebuild the trust deficit that exists between these eluded citizens and the banking sector. Read more

Hamse Warfa

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

United States
Through BanQu, a disruptive innovation in the digital identity and financial inclusion spaces, Hamse and his co-founders Ashish Gadnis and Jeff Keiser are creating a paradigm shift in the way individuals and organizations (large and small) engage with refugees. Read more

Radek Hábl

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2018

Czech Republic
Radek Hábl is developing an evidence-based, holistic and systemic approach to transform the current unfair ecosystem of debt, spur close cooperation among key actors and bring a million of over-indebted and excluded Czech citizens back to society. Read more

Vincent Lagacé

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2019

Mexico
Vincent improves the livelihoods of smallholder producers by involving them, the organizations that serve them, and the corporations that buy their produce in a common effort to design better, fairer value chains. Read more

Jeffrey Cyr

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2019

Canada
Jeff is structuring a new reconciliation economy to bring full economic citizenship to Indigenous populations that have been historically excluded and controlled by colonial systems in Canada. In doing so, he is putting power in the hands of Indigenous communities for self-determination and... Read more