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Mariana Estevao

Ashoka Fellow since oct 2012


With the project Arquiteto de Família (Architect of Family), she seeks to promote technical assistance for project design and construction of housing improvements housing autoconstructed to promote healthy housing. The houses targeted by the action of Mariana are households with low standard of...

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Walter Varanda

Ashoka Fellow since sep 1997


Walter Varanda is working with São Paulo's adult street population to ensure their basic survival and promote their long-term independence. He is engaging a wide array of individuals and institutions to encourage their active participation in crafting and implementing solutions to Brazil's...

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François Marty

Ashoka Fellow since juil 2008



Pour répondre à un problème sociétal majeur de logement des personnes aux plus bas revenus, la Foncière Chênelet « déplace les lignes » et propose un habitat écologique de très haute qualité pour les personnes les plus vulnérables. L’ambition n’est pas d’entreprendre pour de l’argent, mais...

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Geraldo Santos Marinho

Ashoka Fellow since déc 1987


Helping Poor Communities Have a Say in Their Own Development

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Oswaldo Setti de Almeida Filho

Ashoka Fellow since fév 2004


Oswaldo Setti de Almeida Filho, an engineer by training, is building communities in Brazil by strengthening community ties through shared space and overcoming concerns of adequate shelter.

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Nicolás está fusionando los conceptos de energía, vivienda, y sostenibilidad en una serie de iniciativas creativas y contextualizadas encaminadas a mejorar las condiciones de las viviendas y la calidad de vida de las personas en los sectores más humildes de la sociedad en América Latina. Desde...

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Daniel Kerber

Ashoka Fellow since déc 2016


Daniel Kerber prototypes and disseminates holistic, dignified living concepts for people on the move – bridging three crucial stages of a refugee's journey: arrival centers in the global north, transit zones and refugee camps. With his work, he creates rapid evidence of what works on the ground and...

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Fernando Assad

Ashoka Fellow since juil 2015


Fernando Assad is preventing major health risks and bringing dignity to those in Brazil who live in unsafe homes with his home improvement kit. In addition to the kit, his organization Vivenda creates incentives for volunteers, builders, the government, and companies from the housing construction...

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Yasar Adanali

Ashoka Fellow since juin 2016


Yaşar is the founder of Beyond İstanbul, centre for spatial justice, which reverses the currently negative eco-political, dynamics behind Turkey’s destructive urban development through knowledge production, awareness raising, and creating participatory models for different stakeholders. Convinced...

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António Bello

Ashoka Fellow since juin 2018


Through community-based collaborative efforts, António is enabling those who live in unsafe and/or degrading housing conditions to rehabilitate their homes and to improve their livelihood.

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