Unemployed/Working Poor

Country: Egypt
Organization: El Nafeza

Mohamed Abou El Naga is working to create sustainable employment in rural villages and communities in Egypt by reviving the traditional craft of papermaking. His process addresses a number of challenges in the community, including providing skills and work to the unemployed, women, and the disabled; recycling agricultural waste which would otherwise be burned; and creating new markets for...

Country: France

Abdellah Aboulharjan is developing the skills of young people in segregated French suburbs to overcome the isolation and poverty of their neighborhoods and become successful entrepreneurs. By mentoring young people to develop their self-esteem and competence, he is creating new role models who are motivated to help rebuild their communities.

Country: Uruguay
Organization: CERODIH

In Uruguay, Adriana Abraham is creating an innovative and comprehensive center to combine service to street people with programs to prevent vulnerable populations from falling into this condition.

Country: Indonesia
Organization: Humana

Didit Adidananta, is helping street children develop viable futures. He is starting work in the urban areas of Yogyakarta.

Country: India
Organization: Antarang Foundation

Priya Agrawal’s initiative, Antarang, is challenging the paradigms in career linkages for children from low income backgrounds who are at a high risk of dropping out of the education stream and falling into the informal exploitative sector. She is striving to break the stereotypes around job opportunities deemed fit for these children and looking at equipping them with soft skills as well as...

Country: Bangladesh

Jamil Ahmed, a theater activist, seeks, through children’s games and simple theater performance, to help poor working children realize that their lives can be creative and meaningful, that the world is changeable, and that human beings are the ones who change it.

Country: India
Organization: Conserve India

Anita Ahuja has turned discarded plastic bags into a valuable resource. She combines principles from enterprise and social service in a new venture that recycles plastic waste and provides employment for ragpickers, one of the most marginalised groups in urban India. Using a proprietary process, they transform discarded plastic bags into a variety of fashionable products that are sold in high-...

Country: Saudi Arabia
Organization: Glowork

Khalid Alkhudair is enhancing the role of women in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf by carving out new professional work opportunities for women and leading the way toward the integration of Saudi women into the workforce.

Country: Togo

Sena is building an African environmental movement of young entrepreneurs aware of their responsibilities, capable of supporting themselves, providing solutions to improve the living conditions of populations, and engaging as citizens to ensure large-scale actors take responsibility and action. He uses youth volunteering and their spirit of commitment to promote the environment and create new...

Country: United States
Organization: Genesys Works

Rafael is helping industry leaders, schools, and disadvantaged youth discover that they have much to offer each other. Employers need skilled, motivated workers to grow their companies. However, talented low-income youth don’t see themselves headed for these corporate jobs. They aim for – not beyond – high school graduation. Rafael’s organization, Genesys Works, gives low-income teens training...

Country: Bolivia
Organization: Radio Kancha Parlaspa

To give poor Bolivians–a majority of the population–the confidence and tools to speak publicly, Fernando Andrade is launching participative radio stations, the first of their kind in the country.

Country: Venezuela
Organization: 0800-Flor

Floralicia Anzola is countering a culture of polarization and powerlessness in Venezuela by finding, publicizing, and strengthening the work of everyday entrepreneurs. Her organization, 0800-Flor, features entrepreneurs on the radio and online, then pulls together allies to support their ventures. By showing her audience examples of action, Floralicia is moving them from an attitude of "I wait...

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