A young female social entrepreneur has vowed to bring change to the world - one bamboo bike at a time. The 19-year-old employs about 30 girls to produce bikes in Ghana and has received numerous awards for her work.
Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community.
Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition.Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to cook food. Though resources in the high desert are limited, Raquel realized one was inexhaustible: the sun. “That’s where I got the idea of building a solar oven,” the teen says. She researched solar ovens and found that most incorporate mirrors or other expensive materials. Raquel wanted to create a design that anyone could easily afford and replicate, using readily available materials.
Why do we work so hard? There are a lot of opinions. Pashon Murray, founder of Detroit Dirt (http://www.detroitdirt.org) explains that for some of us, it's about trying to make the world a better place.
Murray is the founder of Detroit Dirt, a compost company determined to teach the Motor City sustainable practices to improve the environment and its quality of life. The mid-30ish entrepreneur grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan in a two parent household, both of whom worked for General Motors in their lifetimes. She spent most of her time with her father who started an industrial mowing and waste removal company. His frequent visits to nearby landfills are what sparked her interest in the environment.
Read more about her story http://thefiiix.com/2014/04/02/meet-detroit-dirt-founder-pashon-murray-the-lady-in-the-upside-ford-commercial/Look up Detroit Dirt: http://detroitdirt.org/ and follow on twitter @detroitdirt (https://twitter.com/DetroitDirt)
The story of Riverside School, Aproch, and Design for Change, the famous global contest, is not a story of an educator, or a leader, or an activist trying to change the world – but it's a story of how Kiran Bir Sethi's world changed when she became a mother.
Find out more about the inspirational lady behind Craftivist Collective, the fabulous Sarah Corbett.... "I’m happy to say that I no longer feel like a burnt-out activist who is upset that I might have to give up fighting for a better world. Craftivism has made activism sustainable for me; it has allowed me to thread activism through everything I do and I really feel like I’ll always be a craftivist."
"My professional background is working for large international development charities in campaigning and public engagement. For the last six years I’ve been fortunate enough to work for Christian Aid, on a DFID(Department for International Development) project called Platform2, and most recently for Oxfam GB as Community & Activism Manger for London & South East England"
“I believe a lot in Karma. I hope everyone will be less greedy and angry, more giving and the world will be a better place for it.” President at ECHOstore Sustainable lifestyle Store. President at Women’s Business Council, Philippines. Pacita is a marketing specialist. Formerly the CEO of Figaro, she is …
Dr Lucy Gilliam is a Founder and Director of New Dawn Traders, a partnership of Artists, Scientists, and Chefs re-imagining global trade by sail while promoting the concept of ‘slow food’. Lucy is a Microbial Ecologist & Soil Scientist, having previously worked as a researcher at Rothamsted Research and as a science advisor for Defra. Lucy is passionate about food & cooking, biodiversity & nature, sailing & the sea, activism & storytelling for a greener cleaner planet, which combines in New Dawn Traders perfectly. With her latest project she is collaborating with oceans conservation expert Emily Penn and her company Pangea explorations to do an all women's crossing of the Atlantic on the scientific research yacht Sea Dragon. They will be assembling a crew of 10 women and will be participating the the UNESCO annual Atlantic Odessey race from the Canary Islands to Martinique in the Caribbean. As they race they will be sampling for ocean plastics, creating an exciting conversation space to discuss women's health, pollution, plastics, and the products we consume. They are collaborating with breast cancer charity, Coppafeal to in particular raise awareness of escalating breast cancer rates in young women.
Evidence points to a number of endocrine disrupting chemicals that could be the cause. While there are no clear answers, they would like to raise awareness and challenge behaviours."
Sandra Sassow is the CEO and co-founder of SEaB Energy Ltd, a multi-award-winning manufacturer of small scale micro power plants which use a patented microbial-based technology to convert food waste into energy. The product is shipping to the global market, for the purpose of converting food waste, animal/plant waste and septic waste into energy, anywhere. Connect wth Sandra on http://www.seabenergy.com/ ; and on twitter @seabenergy @sandrasassow
MEGHAN SHEA has built a simple water filter using a common tree seed that can effectively remove bacteria such as E. coli and other pollutants. Distributing the easy-to-follow instructions on how to build the filter to developing countries could potentially save lives, she said.
“For people who are currently drinking contaminated water and don’t have access to another (filtration) method, I think this is really a step in the right direction,” Meghan Shea, an 18-year-old student at Unionville High School from West Chester, Penn., told NBC News.
Fake limbs don't have to be a replacement: they can also be an upgrade. To this end, prosthetics artist Sophie de Oliveira Barata founded The Alternative Limb Project in 2011, in which she turns them into artworks. Now, she's taking the idea further with a her "gadget limbs.
Molly Hayward, CEO of CORA is building a company that seeks to do just as much good for the world as it will for their bottom line. In our interview, Molly discusses how she's building a complex company with minimal resources. She also offers some really good crowdfunding tips and her advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. Enjoy.
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CORA provides organic feminine hygiene products to women in the U.S and matches those purposes with free menstrual pads to young women in developing countries.
Ajaita Shah's India-based Frontier Markets brings clean energy to families at the base of the pyramid. Many groups are tackling the problems of deadly cooking and lighting practices, but Shah trains locals to educate and sell to rural households, turning 125 people so far—the poorest of the poor—into entrepreneurs. The company has sold 10,000 solar solutions to date.
Frontier Markets sales and service outlets provide clean, safe energy products for millions of people. We replace deadly kerosene and provide access to reliable lighting. Frontier Markets educates, trains and services local farmers, government, nonprofits, small retailers and women’s groups to reach households to stop deadly and toxic energy practices.
Abulafia started Educatina in 2011 after years of teaching science in the U.S. and Mexico, experimenting with different strategies to keep her students engaged. When she moved back to Argentina, she saw that online education was growing rapidly in other regions, but not in Latin America. Now, more than 3 million people a month sign on to Educatina’s Spanish-language platform to use more than 3,000 free educational videos in a vast range of subjects. Abulafia recently added a platform called Aulaya for one-on-one tutoring, available 24/7, with no appointment necessary. Once, Abulafia got an email from a student, Millie, who was using her platform’s math tutoring for several hours every day. “Millie had failed eight subjects at school and was about to repeat her second year of high school. She wrote telling us that she not only passed math using Aulaya but enjoyed that experience so much that she got an A+ on her exam and was selected to participate in a math competition this year,” Abulafia says. Educatina’s nine-person team, which hails from Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela, works with freelance tutors around the world.
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Epleslang is a start-up and social enterprise founded two years ago in Oslo, Norway. We produce and sell a premium quality, natural apple juice made from unused and wasted apples, harvested from private gardens around the city with the help of those most in need of a job. So when you drink Epleslang you might be enjoying the ‘fruit’ of your neighbor’s garden. Wondering what the word Epleslang means? It’s a unique Norwegian word to describe the art of nabbing apples from your neighbour’s garden! - See more at: http://mumsmeanbusiness.com/pitches/epleslang/#sthash.fFKPWand.dpuf
Ewa Wojkowska, Kopernik Co-Founder and COO, is now an Ashoka Fellow.
Ewa co-founded Kopernik with Toshi Nakamura to connect simple, life-changing technology with the people who need it the most. Kopernik’s hybrid approach deploys philanthropic funds to cover the start-up costs of introducing affordable technology requested by communities in remote parts of the developing world. As technologies like solar lights, water filters and clean cookstoves are sold, the revenue is reinvested in connecting more technology with last mile communities.
Since launching in 2010, Kopernik has reached more than 150,000 people with technologies that are saving families time and money, improving health and safety, easing pressure on the environment, and opening up new economic opportunities.
The Clothing Bank mission is to "Empower Unemployed Mothers Through Enterprise Development so that they can become Financially and Socially Independent". Founded in 2010 by Tracey Chambers (CEO) and Tracey Gilmore (COO), in response to the growing problem of unemployment amongst single mothers and the lack of support that they receive from the father of their children.We believe that if you help a mother you help a child.
South Africa faces some major obstacles to address the injustices of the past and ensure that everyone participates in the economy. At the centre of these challenges is the failing education system. 58% of children do not complete school meaning that formal employment is not an option for them as many corporates use Grade 12 as an entry level requirement for even the most basic job. Unemployment rates are reported at between 25-30% and when you analyse this further you will find that unemployment amongst youth is reported at 56% with 2.8m youth being unemployed and unemployment amongst women is reported at 48%. Of all mothers in South Africa, 40% are single and for single mothers unemployment rates are over 60%. Less than 50% of father’s contribute anything towards their child’s welfare, which leaves the single mother with no choice but to rely on the state for welfare. Child grants are R280 per month per child and with an average of 2 children per household, families are surviving on welfare of R560pm. 1L of milk and 1 loaf of bread would cost R20 per day or R600 per month, so this means that if you are a child raised by a single mother, you are highly likely to live in poverty with little prospects for your future.
“I am inspired by people who have the courage to attack a problem in a very innovative way. It takes a long time before people see them as geniuses. From 2004 to 2010 Cecile was executive COO of one of the U.K.’s leading social enterprises, The Ethical Property Company Plc., delivering financial success as well as environmental progress and social benefits. She moved to France in 2010 to launch Ethical Property’s model in that country and beyond: ETIC, building the first environmentally-friendly social enterprise buildings in France. We build properties set up as business centres, focussed on charities, social change entities and social enterprises.
WE'VE sells artisan goods via a unique pre-order system that protects the price for buyers and sellers alike by assuring that production doesn’t begin until a minimum order quantity is reached. Using this unique system, the artisans know they won’t have to buy supplies or invest time until they receive a minimum order.
WE’VE embodies the vision of Eve Blossom, a trained architect who discovered a passion for artisan goods in Southeast Asia while restoring villas in Vietnam. She met master artisans, learned their stories and was moved by their remarkable spirit. In 2004, Eve founded Lulan to empower artisans through a viable economic engine – building stable livelihoods. By partnering with over 650 artisans in Cambodia, India, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, Eve recognized the opportunity to connect designers with artisans across the world, and thus WE’VE was formed.
Passionate about health equity, women’s leadership, entrepreneurship and community development, Catherine Lajara is Founder & CEO of Novel Research of New York, an independent clinical research center in the Bronx, New York City. Their aim is to bring diversity and eliminate disparities in clinical research. "What keeps me “awake” is my community. There is a significant geographic disparity within racial and ethnic minority groups that lack access to health information and resources. In effort to eliminate this, my company is involved in community outreach and participates in health initiatives to provide free health screenings, educational material on health equity, prevention, early detection and treatment as well as providing the community with access to clinical trials." (read more) Connect with Catherine on @catlajara @nrofny http://www.nrofny.com
Dulski, 41, is the most recent addition to Change.org executive team. She first came across the website in 2011, when the parents of Trayvon Martin posted a petition to prosecute their son’s killer, whom police had initially failed to charge. Almost 2.3 million people signed that petition, and Jennifer was one of them.
At the time, Dulski had a high-paying, high-level position at Google's shopping and ads group. Jennifer was the first woman to sell a company (a deals merchant called DealMap) to Google.
Dulski believes that Change.org is on the brink of becoming a household name, given that 40 million people have signed petitions in the past five years. She had the same hunch about an internet company she joined in the mid-90s, shortly after graduating from business school. That startup was Yahoo...