Heinz Frey

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2012


This profile was prepared when Heinz Frey was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The New Idea
DORV (Service and Local Provisioning) was launched in 2001 in a village of 1,400 when due to commercial concentration and rural depopulation the last bank closed and the village faced an irreversible decline. Heinz Frey realized that the reinvigoration of small villages would only work if community members worked together, took ownership, and found an innovative way to create a holistic local supply situation that meets their needs and allows them to stay in their environments.

Within three years, Heinz has brought together the financial and engagement resources as well as the best practices from many other places to create the first DORV center. It is the first applied concept that combines what has so far not interacted: essential food and fresh produce (sourced from the closest existing independent baker, butcher, and local farmer) with services such as communication, postal, and car registration services as well as medical and social services through scheduled consultation hours. This way, a DORV center becomes a community owned and organized hub for village life and supply, also serving as meeting point and facility for cultural events.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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