" CASTELLANO was born from a desire to use fashion to reconnect women around the world. To inspire and empower them through unique weaves and patterns made entirely by hand. With this in mind, I have sought some of the most secluded and skilful tribes arround the world - the Wayuu and the Arhuaca. These tribes live in the mountainous areas of Cesar and Magdalena and in the desert state of La Guajira in northern Colombia, and have been sowing and weaving for centuries. I have backpacked under the sun, and found shelter to sleep under the stars, learning from and sharing with these tribes. With their trust and respect my journey has begun. I hope that my journey of self-discovery will also bring you joy as I invite you to open your eyes, your heart and mind to the wonders of these indigenous tribes which are part of our ethnic origins."
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Connect with Daniela Castellanos on twitter: @Castellanoeo
Nikandre Kopcke, is a half-Greek, half-German gender specialist and chef. Nikandre gained her MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the LSE’s Gender Institute, and has worked with FoodCycle, social enterprise Rubies in the Rubble, and eco chef Tom Hunt of Forgotten Feast.
She is passionate about the rights of migrants and refugees, and did a stint as a volunteer advocate at the Hackney Migrant Centre.
Mazí Mas is inspired by Maria Maroulis, a Greek woman who lived in the United States for nearly twenty years. An extraordinary cook, her dream was to open her own bakery – but she was prevented from doing so by her husband, who had rigid ideas about what a woman ought and ought not to do. Maria’s warmth, generosity, and stunning food shape the ethos of Mazí Mas, as they do her dinner table. Together, from scratch, with us – "mazí mas".
Mazí Mas is a roaming restaurant that brings exciting, authentic global home cooking to the public, and in so doing creates employment opportunities for aspiring women food entrepreneurs from migrant and refugee communities.
Azza Kamel and her organisation Alwan wa Awtar are working to improve the lives of vulnerable children in Egypt and help them realise their potential.
Alwan wa Awtar aims to target young people in marginalised communities who have little or no access to after-school activities such as performing arts, music and visual art. At the Alwan wa Awtar centre young people are encouraged to explore their creative potential and intellectual abilities in a stimulating non-judgmental environment.
Many of the children supported by Azza and her team have also experienced some form of abuse – physical, psychological or sexual – and so the centre provides them with a safe haven where they can come to terms with some of the things that have happened to them, build their confidence and be surrounded by people they trust and who respect them.
Jayne Hulbert graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2003 with a Diploma in Social Work. Jayne is a qualified Social Worker with over 35 years social care experience in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors, she set up the SWEET Project (Social Work Education, Experience and Training) in March 2010 with colleague and Senior Family Support Worker, Jayne Creswell. Connect with Jayne Hulbert and Jayne Cresswell on http://www.sweetproject.co.uk/
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The concept of the SWEET Project emerged in 2009 after Jayne Hulbert and Jayne Cresswell were made redundant from a national charity as part of a process which culminated in the closure of much-needed family support services for the residents of South Birmingham. Having worked in the area for over 10 years, the two Jaynes decided they would try to re-establish a service for families in need. Between 2009 and 2010, they began to research the possibility of setting up a family support service. Many ideas offered potential. In the early days, the significant obstacles which had to be overcome included the provision of suitable office accommodation and the acquisition of financial and business expertise
Sarah Collins, serial entrepreneur and life-long activist with political interests across gender-equality and environmental sustainability.
The Wonderbag was developed to ease the social, economic and environment impacts of the current global circumstances. The Wonderbag is a non-electric, heat-retention cooker that allows food that has been brought to a boil, to continue cooking after it has been removed from the fuel source.
It’s taken years of passion, energy, and perseverance to get Sarah and the brand where it is today – 650,000 bags distributed, first round of carbon credits registered and issued, production capabilities in Rwanda, Mexico and Turkey with launches in Kenya, Nigeria and Somaliland. 6,000 bags sold in the UK, Europe and USA, with a buy-one-give-one model to support getting Wonderbags into humanitarian relief.
It’s pretty easy. Wonderbag is a simple catalyst for global change. We’re not about Wonderbags being sold, we’re about Wonderbags being used.
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 …
Doris is deeply involved in the disabled transportation because her mom became the wheelchair user in 2007 due to brain cancer. She found the social injustice with serious lack of legal, safe and convenient point-to-point transportation for wheelchair users in Hong Kong.After working hard for years, Doris finally set up Diamond Cab (HK) Limited with the support of SVhk, taxi license owner, nursing home owners and a group of visionary individuals. She is the CEO managing the daily operation of the cab fleet and developing the business to sustain the company with groundbreaking social innovation.
Doris was awarded Young Social Entrepreneur Award 2011,Capital Leaders of Excellence 2011, Finalist (Asia Pacific) of Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2013 and The Purpose Economy Asia 100 respectively. Diamond Cab is the Highly Commended International Social Enterprise of the Year at UK Social Enterprise Awards 2012 and The Fifth of My Favorite Best Five Social Enterprises in 2013.
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Look up Diamond Cab: Barrier-free taxis for wheelchair users.
Ruth Ibegbuna founded RECLAIM to tackle the UK's low rates of social mobility. RECLAIM is building a new strand of working-class youth leadership with the mission of "being seen, being heard and leading change". Ruth activates the latent talents of young people that are most at risk of being excluded from meaningful life opportunities and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to influence politics, the media, and mindsets locally and nation-wide.
Ruth was named Manchester Peace Activist of the Year 2008 and received the Manchester City Council Women's award for Outstanding Contribution 2009. Ruth was also recently awarded the 2011 Business in the Communities Sieff award for collaboration with business to benefit society.
Ruth was a member of the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. The Commission brought forward strategic proposals for sustainable reform of relevant services for children and young people, including the youth justice system. Ruth is also an Ashoka UK Fellow.
Servane met with Karen Lynch, Chief Executive of Belu Water, that sells sustainable mineral water and gives all of its profits to charity via WaterAid. Karen is a spokeperson for the international Social Enterprise competition by Chivas, called @theVenture http://bit.ly/1CV8qvb #wintherightway.
SM Why Water?
Karen Lynch: Because without access to clean water nothing else matters. So we need to solve this issue first. And the water for water model is one that is easy to connect with. An opportunity to help people stop and think, and an opportunity to get the producers in the marketplace to be more responsible.
Leila is a social solutions consultant for the Khalifa Fund, is at the helm of a rapidly expanding social enterprise that aims to revive local heritage and culture through entrepreneurship, in the United Arab Emirates.
Leila Ben-Gacem is the founder of Blue Fish, with branches in Tunis and Abu Dhabi. Blue Fish designs sustainable social impact initiatives in the field of women empowerment, artisan business development, socio-economic inclusion and youth self-employment opportunity creation.
Some of the designed social solutions include:
Dar Ben Gacem a boutique hotel and a social business which generates business opportunities for micro-businesses in the old town of Tunis through tourism sector innovation;
Sougha, a social enterprise owned by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development. Sougha creates market opportunities for artisan-entrepreneurs all over the UAE, and considerably improved the socio-economic inclusion of women artisans and local heritage revival.
In addition, Blue Fish designs and manages projects which improve artisan business sustainability through, artisan clustering, better heritage branding, communication and international trade opportunity creation in Tunisia.
Leila also designed, fundraised and implemented an initiative aimed at creating self-employment opportunities for youth in opportunity deprived locations in the UAE.
Before switching careers to focus on her passion of unleashing human potentials; Leila held several positions with Hewlett Packard’s Medical products division and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University.
Disease and injustice are no match for a simple mobile phone.
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@ErikaCochi co-leads (and co-founded) UNICEF Innovation, TIME100 most influential, mobiles in emerging markets, epicurean, extreme sports enthusiast.
Building from her own experiences growing up in different countries and comparing her own life to the lives of other children her age who didn’t have the same access to information, opportunities and choice she had, Erica has always wanted to change the situation and help those other children be heard. That’s what got her into technology.
Erica’s journey with technology started in Senegal in 2007, working for UNICEF, when she saw that many people, even in the most rural villages, used mobile phones for two-way communication and realized the value of this little device. Since then, she has worked in technology. UNICEF Innovation has developed systems that uses basic mobile phones and SMS messages to communicate with front-line workers and improve the speed and quality of data collection and health and education services. Since 2007, UNICEF Innovation has worked with partners to develop technologies that have registered 7 million births in Nigeria over 15 months and provided antenatal care to thousands of pregnant women across Rwanda.
Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford and founded a company called Theranos with her tuition money. Now, instead of vials of blood, Theranos requires only a pinprick and a drop of blood. With that they can perform hundreds of tests, from standard cholesterol checks to sophisticated genetic analyses. The results are faster, more accurate, and far cheaper than conventional methods. The implications are mind-blowing.
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.