Topic : Imprenditoria Sociale
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Jacob Moatshe (South Africa 1998) has created a series of civic institutions and related partnerships that began serving a population of thirty thousand and has expanded to cover 2.5 million inhabitants. Now Jacob is taking the next step, using the breadth and knowledge that these institutions and relationships afford to identify and promote the key policy initiatives for the entire region in the areas of health, education and housing.
In South Africa, access to ordinary legal services has never been accessible to the black majority. Ashwell Zwane and Bernert Lekalakala are changing that by establishing the country's first full-service legal practice that is based in the historically black townships in which the overwhelming of majority black South Africans continue to live.
Basil Kransdorff is addressing the critical problem of malnutrition in Africa and changing the realm of food production and consumption through the introduction of “bio available” food supplements into mainstream African society.
Elna Kotze has formed an organization to monitor the impact of current land use, to provide information on alternative sustainable land uses, and to facilitate the creation of "land use forums" to design and implement sustainable land use policies and practices.
Sylvia Banda is working to combat the low demand for locally-produced, traditional food in Zambia by creating entrepreneurial hubs that guarantee markets for these goods and by fostering an appreciation for local food in both rural and urban areas. In this way, Sylvia is tackling the high levels of poverty in rural Zambia and facilitating the economic and social development of smallholder farmers by encouraging a shift from subsistence farming to commercial farming of local food.
Nobs is addressing the root causes of child abuse through an “ecological” model focused on primary prevention on four levels – child, family, community and society – in order for every child to grow up in a safe and caring environment.
By consolidating and disseminating best practices–from service models to institutional funding strategies–Duke Kaufman is strengthening the response of citizen-led organizations combating AIDS in South Africa.
Roshaneh Zafar is pioneering the development of a women-centered and women-managed initiative that combines a micro-level lending and savings operation with related training and support activities at the community level. The formula is currently being tested and refined in two Pakistani villages and is expected to serve as a model for similar undertakings in other parts of the country.
Jeff Palmer has created a way to finance and deliver healthcare for poor, uninsured, and semi-insured populations in the United States–a group estimated at 40 million nationally–without relying on the public tax base or traditional philanthropy. In the process, he generates health outcomes better than national averages.