Kim Kieser

Ashoka Fellow
South Africa,
Fellow Since 2003
SOUL

Citation

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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