Microbiologist Mabel Torres grew up in one of Colombia’s poorest regions and returned to combine science and entrepreneurship and launch a growing ecosystem of economically and environmentally successful businesses.
Mabel's New Idea:
In the Colombian rainforest, Mabel melds modern science and ancestral plant knowledge to stimulate local development. She built an internationally recognized science and technology hub that develops and improves area products, expands local enterprise, and connects producers to a market for their goods. In a region that suffers from severe isolation and poverty with few economic alternatives to exploitative extractive industries, Mabel promotes micro-enterprises that use local ingredients to produce food, medicinal products, and cosmetics. She makes sure these products reach outside markets.
Mabel' s story appears in the 2018 edition of "Leading Social Entrepreneurs" which features a selection of just a few of the Ashoka Fellows recently brought into the largest global network of social entrepreneurs. The LSE presents some of the newest innovations by leading social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the way things are done all over the world.
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