Fellow Since 1999
This description of Leila Novak's work was prepared when Leila Novak was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
Leila Novak has come up with a way to address the social and economic needs of people who live in and around garbage dumps in small municipalities. Her approach meets the needs of families who scavenge for a living as well as the increasing desire of municipal governments to reduce the space needed for dumping garbage.
The New Idea