Fellow Since 1986
Goodwill International Association
This profile was prepared when Alphonse Jemonie was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1986.
The New Idea
As a factory worker in Bangalore at a large manufacturing company, Alphonso discovered that many of his co-workers had some leisure time to devote to outside activities. Recognizing the serious unemployment among uneducated youth, he consulted with his friends and co-workers and convinced them that together they could work to train these young unemployed so that they too could enter into the job market as productive participants. In 1984 he and a number of co-workers began devoting free time to training these youths in practical vocational skills.