Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1991
This description of Florentino Sarmento's work was prepared when Florentino Sarmento was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1991.
Florentino Sarmento, by building a large number of self-managing economic development groups in previously war-torn East Timor, is allowing his society to reestablish local self-reliance, thereby gaining self-respect. Ultimately both are prerequisites to the restoration of trust and harmony, and to economic and social progress.
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