Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2016
This description of Thomas Ricolfi's work was prepared when Thomas Ricolfi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016.
Thomas is introducing a new paradigm for economic development in Mexico: a modernized and competitive channel for traditional shops. Through his hybrid community based solution, Thomas is showing that it is possible to preserve small neighborhood mom and pop shops and maintain their role in society that are simultaneously able to compete, offer modern services, and sustainably grow and thrive.
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