Julie Carney

Ashoka Fellow
Rwanda,
Fellow Since 2012

Citation

This profile was prepared when Julie Carney was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The New Idea
Through Julie’s organization, Gardens for Health International (GHI), she is transforming healthcare centers so that they are able to provide—in addition to medical services—education, psychosocial support, and agricultural extension services to mothers affected by malnutrition and, in effect, is empowering them to become part of the solution. Julie sees that when mothers—who traditionally have the responsibility of deciding what food their families’ eat—are empowered to make better dietary choices, malnutrition can be sustainably rooted out of Rwanda. She has developed a groundbreaking training model, co-created by the mothers themselves. The simplicity of her training material, the fact that it is co-created by her beneficiaries, and the engaging and fun way in which it is administered, completely demystify complex nutritional concepts, making them accessible and easy to understand even to the most primitive rural communities.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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