Ashoka Fellows are system-changer social entrepreneurs. They shift the way society looks at an issue and develop innovative solutions that have the power to transform industries, impact public policies and shift mindsets and behaviours on a large-scale.
As part of the Fabric of Change initiative, launched by Ashoka and the C&A foundation in 2015, Keystone collaborated with Ashoka to produce case studies about two system-changing innovators transforming the apparel industry to make it more inclusive and sustainable.
CHANGING SYSTEMS FOR APPAREL HOMEWORKERS
A case study on Altitud's work in Mexico
Altitud, is a microfinance institution, founded by Gabriel Rivera Rio Zambrano in 2011 to make micro-credit available to women setting up home-based businesses for the production of apparel. Gabriel is an Ashoka Fellow participating in Fabric of Change, an initiative by Ashoka and C&A Foundation supporting a network of social entrepreneurs around the globe to bring more socially and environmentally sustainable practices to the apparel sector.
CHANGING SYSTEMS IN THE CARPET AND APPAREL SECTOR
A case study on GoodWeave's work in India
GoodWeave was founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi in 1994 with the mission to end child labor in the carpet industry. GoodWeave International is a global organization with affiliates in South Asia, Northern Europe and the USA. Today, GoodWeave India is directed by Manoj Bhatt, who has been an Ashoka fellow since 2009 and is part of Fabric of Change, an initiative by Ashoka and C&A Foundation supporting a network of social entrepreneurs around the globe to bring more socially and environmentally sustainable practices to the apparel sector.