Workers/Laborers

Indonesia

Lita Anggraini brings marginalized domestic workers back into Indonesian society. She does this by educating workers, raising public awareness of the issues that affect them, and changing the laws so that the state recognizes, appreciates, and protects their rights as workers, persons, citizens, and women—leading to a better situation for domestic workers and their relationship with employers...

Spain
Enerpellet

Martin Ascacíbar is creating vibrant, profitable new businesses in rural Spain by restructuring value chains and processes related to biomass. These structures engage local small producers and businesses who then reap significant economic benefits that previously only went to larger non-resident investors and industries. The new vertically linked enterprises are accelerating rural development...

India

Sharafat Azad is addressing the gaping hole in occupational health hazard prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in India. With the majority of India’s work force in the informal sector, most laborers work in dangerous health conditions for little pay and without access to insurance or treatment for their occupation-related diseases. Focusing first on dust-induced silicosis, Sharafat is...

Bangladesh
BEDO

Mohammed Abdul Bari is working on improving life for Dhaka’s rickshaw pullers by convening the city licensing corporation, police and law enforcement agencies, insurance agencies, health officials, rickshaw owners, and the drivers in a single forum. His approach emphasises both the rights and the responsibilities of the rickshaw pullers.

Mexico
Centro de Apoyo y Capacitación para Empleadas del Hogar A.C. (CACEH)

Marcelina Bautista is leading the movement in Mexico to unite and elevate the social status of domestic workers and to secure for them the same rights enjoyed by other laborers, including fair wages, sick leave, and freedom from sexual exploitation.

Bangladesh
CDMS

Safura Begum is introducing occupational safety and basic health programs to Bangladesh's long-standing traditional industries. Discussion groups, peer educators, and more confidential, accessible medical care are empowering workers to take control of their own health.

Mozambique
Young Africa

Insufficient or poor professional training opportunities have contributed to high levels of youth unemployment in Southern Africa. Dorien Beurskens, together with her partner and co-founder Raj A. Joseph, has developed an affordable way to provide vocational education and training to young people in this region. She has established training centers that are both learning spaces for students...

Nepal
Association of Craft Producers

Meera Bhattarai is helping low-income women to develop high margined products to sell domestically and internationally. With these margins, she is demonstrating that it is possible for employers to provide a wide array of fringe benefits not common in Nepal today.

United States
America's Family Inc.

Low-wage workers in the United States are often one crisis away from extreme poverty. Steve Bigari recruits employers to take a lead role in addressing the problems that make workers vulnerable, breaking the cycle of persistent poverty by helping workers achieve personal stability and develop the skills they need to get a foothold on the ladder to the middle class.

United States
Springboard Forward

Elliott Brown is helping low-wage workers develop the capacity to advance, while simultaneously showing employers the benefits of investing in their entry-level workforce. This employee development model promises to strengthen the 21st century workforce and give new hope to low-income workers.

Egypt
Better Life Association for Comprehensive Development

The millions of people working in Egypt’s informal economy face high occupational risks and low standards of legal protection. In the informal sector, health insurance, job security, and basic rights are both vitally important and very rare. The dangerous, grueling work of the country’s more than 200,000 quarry workers makes their need particularly great. Maher Bushra fights to establish legal...

United States
Groundswell

Will Byrne has developed a model, which he calls civic consumption, that allows individuals and institutions to leverage their collective purchasing power to shift markets from the bottom up, creating a new, market-based path to create social and environmental benefits in their own communities.

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