Steve Bigari

Ashoka Fellow
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Fellow Since 2004


This profile was prepared when Steve Bigari was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
As an employer himself, Steve Bigari saw how common problems frequently made it difficult for low-wage workers to do their jobs. A sick child or a car malfunction, which would barely disturb high-wage workers with the resources to obtain child care and alternative transportation, can be a huge setback for low-income families. Since employers are often the first to know when these problems arise, they have a unique opportunity to help.

Through his organization America’s Family Inc., Steve partners with employers to create an efficient, cost-effective system of support services for hourly-wage workers, making it easier for these workers to sustain employment and advance in the workplace. Working against common perceptions of the business community, he demonstrates that employers can and will mobilize resources to help their workers sustain employment, qualify for better jobs and break the cycle of poverty. As workers gain financial stability, they bring benefits of increased loyalty and productivity to their employers, and pave the way for Steve’s model to spread to businesses in all sectors and locations.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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