John Ndolu

Ashoka Fellow
Rote Ndao, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia
Fellow Since 2011


This profile was prepared when John Ndolu was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
In much of eastern Indonesia, customary practices associated with weddings and funerals entail excessive expenditures and resulting indebtedness that gravely impedes much-needed investments in education and other development needs. Through a process of community dialogue, initially among his own ethnic group, John Ndolu has succeeded both in replacing those traditional practices with modestly scaled ceremonies and vastly reduced dowries and in the establishment of a promising new vehicle for community investment in higher education.
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