Kim Kieser

Ashoka Fellow
South Africa,
Fellow Since 2003


This profile was prepared when Kim Kieser was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Kim is developing a model for the cleanup and rehabilitation of urban rivers in South Africa in a comprehensive approach unlike other initiatives. Her project actively engages communities in clean river management, lobbies for an enabling legislative framework, and is underpinned by a series of socioeconomic, sustainability strategies.
To champion this work she has created an organization called Save Our Universal Land (SOUL) Foundation. In its pilot project–the cleanup of a stretch of the notoriously polluted Juskei River in Johannesburg–SOUL exceeded its initial target of 27 kilometers by 79 percent over a three-month period, created employment for over 100 people, and established a permanent maintenance crew.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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