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Silvia R. Ziller

Ashoka Fellow since fév 2002

Brazil

Silvia is working to balance social development and community-building with environmental conservation, focusing on sustainability over the long term. Working from this vision, she is the first Brazilian to address biological imbalances caused by foreign plant species. Unlike the United States and...

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Tashka Yawanawá works to restore the dignity and sense of identity of indigenous communities in Brazil through a series of cultural revitalization efforts and innovative business partnerships—proving that maintaining cultural integrity need not conflict with achieving economic prosperity.

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Joost Van Engen

Ashoka Fellow since mar 2016

Netherlands

By innovating a truly sustainable supply chain including the last-mile that is independent of national healthcare systems, Joost van Engen is creating sustainable access to essential medicines, hygiene products and supplements for low income families in remote areas, while at the same time providing...

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Bas van Abel

Ashoka Fellow since mar 2016

Netherlands

By designing and producing the first modular designed, and thus longer lasting, smartphone, building a conflict free and fair supply and production chain, Bas van Abel with his company Fairphone is creating a movement of ethical consumption while shifting the smartphone industry -one of the most...

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Itamar Silva

Ashoka Fellow since mai 1996

Brazil

In hopes of providing youngsters in the slums with viable careers and greater self-esteem, Itamar Silva has created a new action plan through education tailored to their needs and in coordination with existing community-based initiatives.

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Jane Chiang Sieh

Ashoka Fellow since déc 1989

Brazil

Jane Sieh works with adolescent girls from the slums of Campinas, SP, offering them an alternative to life on the street.

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René Schärer

Ashoka Fellow since sep 2001

Brazil

René Schärer makes it possible for local fishing communities to manage the use of their coastal waters, helping citizens and the government defuse environmental and economic threats posed by large, negligent, and unwelcome fishing vessels.

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Wigold Bertoldo Schäffer

Ashoka Fellow since nov 1995

Brazil

Wigold Schäffer is developing, demonstrating and testing a new model for the operation of small farms that reconciles the preservation of secondary forests and attendant biodiversity with farmers' desires for higher incomes and improved quality of life. Combining native species reforestation, the...

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Jessica Sager

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2017

United States

Jessica Sager is transforming and professionalizing the field of family childcare by supporting the providers in radically reimagining how they see themselves.

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Francisco de Oliveira Rebouças Neto, known as Neto, is taking a regional approach to economic recovery by implementing a package of microloan and training programs for individuals and families in small towns experiencing severe economic decline. Neto's idea is to create a chain of interlinked...

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