Financial Services/Markets


Rodrigo Aguirre de Cárcer has created a channel through which citizen organizations can monetize the value of in-kind donations from businesses and individuals. By leveraging Internet auction platforms such as eBay, he is reaching large numbers of citizens in a continuous and scalable way, offering them public opportunities to contribute to the citizen sector while also getting great deals on...

Saudi Arabia

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 towards the integration of Saudi women into the workforce.

For the past 25 years, Frank has been transforming community development finance in the U.S. by creating new incentives for mainstream financial institutions to funnel capital into-low-income communities across the country.

Farm Shop

Madison Ayer has launched Farm Shop, a non-profit Kenyan Trust, to transform the system for delivering agricultural inputs to rural, smallholder households. Farm Shop removes barriers in the “last mile” to improve the entire system for all stakeholders: Input suppliers, distributors, agro-dealers, and farmers. To achieve this, Farm Shop helps to upgrade the operating performance of rural agro-...


Starting at Brazil’s most prestigious business school, Felipe has launched a nationwide initiative to integrate university resources into the social sector, providing financial and technical assistance to micro-entrepreneurs through the first “junior bank.”


Jagat Basnet is pursuing land reform in Nepal by linking the issue to social justice and economic freedom. Empowering and enabling poor farmers to gain access to land rights, education rights, health and basic services for social dignity, and freedom out of poverty. Jagat is changing the political, cultural, and societal environment of land reform and land access in Nepal.


In response to the absence of support for the impoverished elderly in India, Gautam Bharadwaj has designed a new system that helps low-income workers financially plan for old age throughout their working lives. Gautam has created the policy and institutional architecture needed to make financial security in old age a reality for the poor. 


Working with health insurance companies, Mukteshwari “Mukti” Bosco is establishing a comprehensive health education and health financing system that will enable the poor to access fair, cost-effective, high-quality medical treatment.

United States
Urban Logic Inc, SR Bank

Despite broad recognition of the importance of sustainability, no unified measure exists to align incentives for private and public investment in long-term regional well-being. Bruce Cahan is creating a bank to pioneer new ways for markets to accurately value regional sustainability through consumer and market choices.


Marcelo Caldano has designed an alternative economic plan for poverty-stricken areas where economic participation is not always an option. The community-based participation program helps citizens effectively use local resources to meet a growing need for public services and institutions.


Isabel Cruz is expanding rural savings cooperatives in Mexico to include access to bank credit for campesinos.


Through the “Banco Palmas” (a People’s Bank), Joaquim is pioneering a community-based economic system by identifying and developing the assets of his community.

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