Anaclaudia Rossbach

Ashoka Fellow
Brazil
Fellow Since 2006

Citation

This profile was prepared when Anaclaudia Rossbach was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Anaclaudia’s approach guides poor communities through the identification of their needs and the formation of savings groups, and links them to resources and partnerships necessary to build homes and create a culture and reality of financial savings. Her model connects the community with the government, financial institutions, and construction companies to create a system of micro-credit that allows people and communities to build and own new homes, upgrade existing housing units, and secure products and services previously unavailable to them. To strengthen existing groups and link them with emerging groups elsewhere in Brazil and in South Africa, Anaclaudia is establishing ways for communities to share strategies and techniques that they have found helpful in building their groups.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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