Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005


This profile was prepared when Roberto Killmeate was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Bob Killmeate is addressing a key void in the rural infrastructure of Argentina and the Southern Cone. Unlike most other parts of the world, small farmers and producers in Argentina lack access to communal marketplaces to display and sell their products. Bob has seized upon this opportunity, and created a cooperatively managed rural marketplace where local products—from food to leather goods to handicrafts—are sold. In the process of establishing these rural marketplaces, he also broaches a key gap in the social infrastructure, as collaborative processes are essential to boosting the productivity of rural producers and nurturing the social capital necessary for integration into broader society. As market associates move out of isolation and recognize the common problems they face, they begin reclaiming their rights to social and economic citizenship.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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