Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007
This description of Arbind Singh's work was prepared when Arbind Singh was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
Secure access to markets can bring many of the world’s informal workers out of poverty. Arbind Singh gives urban poor access to markets through large people-owned and managed institutions—large enough to influence policy and be legitimate competitors in a globalizing market. By initiating worker cooperatives like the National Alliance of Street Vendors, Arbind has created a bridge for the hitherto unorganized poor to access financial services and technology and solicit business.
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