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Tiyatien Health is a Changemaker

Tiyatien Health, a winner in the Rethinking Mental Health competition, is treating the effects of decades of brutal war in Liberia by training non-doctor health workers and clinicians to work directly with citizens of one of the poorest countries on Earth. The founders are survivors of Liberia's civil war and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Tiyatien Health trained the first non-physicians to administer anti-retroviral therapy in Liberia,and provided the first-ever HIV/AIDS treatments in southeastern Liberia, the poorest corner of the country. Now it is expanding beyond providing public HIV/AIDS treatment to rural communities by working to reverse decades of untreated depression and epilepsy.

ZeroThirst Program

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ZeroThirst Program

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Water for the Gran Chaco Region

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Year founded

2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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Argentina, Buenos Aires - Córdoba

Country where this project is creating social impact

Argentina, 10 rural communities in 6 provinces

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WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

What awards or honors has the project received?

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Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our target beneficiaries are families from rural communities of the Gran Chaco region (part of Argentina-Bolivia-Paraguay). ZeroThirst works with community-based organizations to find the perfect ''water solution'' (water supply infraestructure) according to the local culture and geography, and links them with public organisms or companies that want to contribute to the cause. Therefore, water supply is provided articulating efforts and with the involvement of the community.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Most of the organizations (both private and public) that donate funds for water supply only do it for water infrastructure. However, the success of ZeroThirst also depends on the work our team does to link the water projects in each community with those organizations. In less than a year, we have started 7 new water projects to benefit 1300 families through the articulation of 25 different organizations,but we have had severe problems to fundraise money for our salaries and travel expenses.The prize will allow the team to expand and achieve the goal of providing safe water to 20000 families in Argentina in the next two years, and strengthen the process in Bolivia and Paraguay. Publicity will let us include more institutions to the programme

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Back in 2009, when I was 19 years old, I created an Environmental Toolkit for High Schools for students to carry out environmental projects. The Toolkit was implemented by 40 schools in Argentina and replicated in Colombia, Perú and Panamá. I’ve worked with rural communities of three different countries; with governments to increase the impact of their projects and with companies to get them to finance water projects. Articulation is my passion.

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Free Interchange of time+ videos= jobs women

We have women giving their knowledge for free. How to cook, dance, massage, and so on. We can record this workshops and post them on youtube, and we can sell it for video tutorial in Spanish and sell advertising, creating jobs for women.

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DESDE

DESDE empowers marginalized Latin American artisans to use their skilled craftsmanship to develop quality, timeless, and unique products. DESDE invests in artisans’ economic mobility providing market access and building an online platform for conscious consumers to connect with artisans.

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Empowering the economic mobility of Latin American artisans.

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2014

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United States, CO, Aurora

Country where this project is creating social impact

Panama

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

DESDE empowers marginalized Latin American artisans to use their skilled craftsmanship to develop quality, timeless, and unique products. DESDE invests in artisans’ economic mobility providing market access and building an online platform for conscious consumers to connect with artisans.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if with the touch of a key you could access unique, hand-crafted, customized products, that are currently for sale on the unmarked side of a rural two lane highway?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

10 of the 15 most economically unequal countries in the world are in Latin America, 164M people live in poverty; in Panama, 40%. Traveling down the main highway, 69km from the nearest town, in straw huts artisans sell hand crafted goods, traditions passed down for generations, for mere dollars. Of the 169K people in their community, 95% live below $1.00 per day and there is a 50% infant malnutrition rate. How often does no one stop?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The Ethical Fashion Initiative partners prove the success of using fashion products as a vehicle for economic mobility. DESDE provides market access and quality standard, product development training for artisans. Working with artisans we make products with a quality standard that command a premium price and represent artisans on a global online platform. DESDE invests in artisans by 1) A fair wage 2) A community fund involving artisans to invest in their communities 3) Long term professional support. DESDE will function as a hybrid model, a for-profit brand and a nonprofit arm that furthers points 2 and 3. DESDE supports artisan's local business trajectory through customized quality standard training, and support for financial inclusion.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Dioce, a Ngöbe-Buglé artisan, inspired the creation of DESDE. She lives in a small home with a roof of tin panels that leak, a toilet that overflows in frequent rains, and glasses less windows that let in the year-around cold. She has two small children. She learned her intricate weaving technique creating bags of natural fibers from her mother, a dying art form. Selling this bag for $15 could help her replace her tin panels. We partner with Dioce to adapt her bag. We tell her story, the tradition of the art form. Potential customers have already expressed strong desire to keep our prototype bags and pay over $120! Customers find beautiful products on our website, learn about Dioce, and even ask her to customize a product for them.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

In Latin America those in extreme poverty lack access to financial services, markets, and training especially indigenous peoples, women and children. In Panama, this is at least 10% of the population and many households depend on artistry. Panama has no artisan cooperative or fair trade hub. Focusing on empowerment values, DESDE trained artisans will train new artisans developing a broader network to support DESDE’s product sales and artisan’s local sales. Our three channel reinvestment impacts the artisan, their family and community. Beyond Panama DESDE will work with, train, and represent marginalized artisans across Latin America building the go-to platform for quality, modern products that represent the diverse cultures and craft of the region. Working directly with and training artisans DESDE can provide a disruptive way for consumers to connect with artisans and customize products.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

DESDE’s strategy in Panama is to develop an initial line of products featuring various types of artisanal craft working initially with a small group of artisans to produce inventory. Artisan training will occur per craft for new artisans. In 2015 DESDE will identify its next artisan partner country. In Latin America 2/3 of effective poverty reduction efforts in the last decade have been due to better engagement in the labor market. In 10 years, DESDE hopes to represent artisans in every Latin American country spurring economic mobility and poverty alleviation within artisan communities.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

DESDE’s revenue model is driven by product sales. DESDE’s focus on quality is correlated to the ability to have premium pricing. Initial pricing accounts for online and retail sales strategies. With the first product line, we need to at least sell 105 products to break even. DESDE’s nonprofit arm’s ability to receive donations and grants will help support artisan product, financial and business training and staff capacity to support this work.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

DESDE’s competitors operate mainly in the fair trade space, most international organizations working in partnership with fair trade hubs. There are for-profit and nonprofit models. Many operate from an import/ export perspective and represent other continents. Models similar to DESDE’s supply chain philosophy are mainly working out of Peru. DESDE will build brand equity around accessories. This is the fastest growing category in the US e-commerce sector totaling $45.6BN in 2012. The Natural Marketing Institute estimates a $10BN U.S. marketplace that fits DESDE’s product trajectory.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

As a Panamanian immigrant to the U.S. I was a beneficiary of opportunities born of sacrifice and generosity. My experiences fostered an insatiable desire to help others. I have committed my career to this. I am passionate about economically mobility, especially fuelled by the mobility of my own family within one generation. I met Dioce three years ago, she showed me the beautiful hand-made bags she was not able to sell. Talking with her and other artisans, I realized that we could create a brand that shared and preserved beautiful artistic traditions with the world. I want DESDE to be a key partner in showcasing Latin American craft the way African initiatives have done. I am grateful for the chance to use my experience to build DESDE.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Managing and raising funds in the non-profit and political arenas, fast-paced environments with limited resources, has allowed me to pursue innovative and traditional strategies to meet high fundraising goals, diversify strategy, foster and manage relationships, and measure the impact of funding on social issues. I am working on DESDE full time. Since 2008 I have held management positions. U.S. and country based teams are part of our plan.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

DESDE has interviewed artisans from six Panamanian artistic traditions. Artisans are open to the vision and we are working with several to further prototype the initial product line. Community leaders in various parts of the country are supportive and are open to partnership opportunities. S&P IQ and other sources note the rise of the social consumer. Market research suggests DESDE’s target customers are “millennials”, college graduates, women aged 34-64, “Generation x”, and traveled consumers.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

DESDE realizes that sales strategy, product development and building systems and relationships focused on social impact in artisan communities will be key to success. The international partners involved would allow DESDE world class expert guidance in each of these areas, setting in place resources for critical decisions that will allow us to structure for scalability, which is pivotal to our vision. The award money at either level would be pivotal in helping us launch our first product line, with 37% of funds currently raised. Beyond the award funding, the mentorship support would be invaluable to assuring that DESDE is building a strong foundation for sustainable poverty alleviation and business success. We are honored to be considered.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

My experience has been in the non-profit and political arenas. As a Deputy Finance Director for the most successful political fundraising campaign in Colorado history I helped raise over $13.7M and secure a U.S. Senate seat. As Development Director at KIPP Colorado, I played a strategic role in meeting the organization’s bottom-line raising over $971K. As an El Pomar Foundation alumni and DO School fellow I have supportive networks.

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VIDAL MARTINS: A REMAINING QUILOMBOLA COMMUNITY

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Slave descendant families: a long walk to freedom

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2014

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Brazil, SC, FLORIANÓPOLIS

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Brazil, SC, FLORIANÓPOLIS

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This project aims to create job opportunities and financial resources for 26 slave descendant families. It includes the production of a thousand handmade embroidered shirts and also the purchase of all required equipment. Subsequently, an organic agriculture project will be implemented.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

This project could change the lives of African-Brazilian people that are slave descendants, by giving them a chance of achieving economic progress, political freedom and full citizenship?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Brazil abolished slavery on May 13th 1888, but economic freedom it is not a reality for most African-Brazilian people.
In 2003, 115 years after slavery abolition in Brazil, the Brazilian Government opened up new possibilities for slave descendants.
Unfortunately, racial discrimination, although illegal, still remains.
The project aims to change the economic and social situation of 26 slave descendant families.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

First step (this project): Empowering women to produce handmade embroidered shirts and jewelry to be sold in local and regional markets.

Second step: Deploy an organic agriculture project, involving everyone in the community to produce organic bananas, organic cassava and organic tomatoes to be sold in local and regional markets through an existing regional cooperative.

Third step: Focus on African-Brazilian culture: dance, clothing, food, games, arts and music. To revive the sense of identity beset by such historical events.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

When applied, the following impacts are expected:
First step:
a thousand embroidered shirts will be produced and selled, earning approximately $4,400.
Second step:
deploy organic agriculture project: 8 acres of organic bananas will be implanted, producing 56 tons of fruits, earning approximately $50,000.
8 acres of organic cassava implanted, producing 100 tons of tuberous roots, earning approximately $90.000. 2 greenhouses for organic tomatoes, producing 2560 boxes, earning approximately $23.000.
Third step:
Focus on African-Brazilian culture: music, games, clothing, food, arts and dance to revive the sense of community and increasing women, men, children and teenagers self-esteem.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Up to date, the project has already generated positive results to all members of the community. They are hopeful about African-Brazilian people situation and they are willing to improve it even more. They are also ready to begin the fight for their rights, and also to reverse an historical situation of social injustice. Hopefully, their future looks bright, now they have a real possibility of changing their actual situation by participating of projects like this one. They have already discussed new economic initiatives and once it begins they will try as hard as they can to revive the sense of identity they've lost after those 350 of slavery.
Their houses will be rebuilt, the children will grow in a better environment, the adults will finish their studies, they will learn how to produce and sell organic products, and the most important of all, they will finally feel and be free.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The strategy is to promote political, economic and social autonomy of the members of the "quilombola" Association. This strategy is reinforced by Federal Laws recently issued by the Brazilian Government, establishing preference for slave descendants admissions into public universities and federal public service. If it succeeds, the project could be replicated in other slave descendant communities in Santa Catarina (currently 12).

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The solutions plan to ensure financial sustainability consists on the initial production of handmade embroidered shirts with a small financial help that already comes from donations. The shirts will increase profit 50% which will already improve the community conditions. After that, the project will require a bigger budget to begin an organic agriculture production, which will totally provide financial ways to support all 26 families.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are many associations of slave descendants currently organized or organizing themselves in Brazil. But most of them puts its main focus on repairing the damage suffered thru history. Of course it is legitimate and the "Associação dos Remanescentes do Quilombo Vidal Martins" is also seeking justice, but their main goal is to retrieve their original lands. Beside that, the association also places an important focus on the implementation of economic activities generating employment and income for the community, what differentiates them from the others.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The moment I realized the potential of this project was when the President of the Association contacted me to ask If I could help them organizing their documents, legally registering the association and developing cultural and economical projects to provide them better conditions and restablish their identity as a community. I've accepted it immediately, because I saw that it was a wonderful opportunity to help the social development of my country and of the people I've known my whole life. The community families are all "quilombolas", they are descendants of slaves who had lived in hinterland settlements called "quilombos".
But for the first time in history, they got the opportunity to rewrite their stories and change their futures.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

1. Helena Vidal, current president of the slave descendant's Association.
2. Jaime Coelho, economist, PhD, professor of the Federal University of Santa Catarina State (UFSC).
3. João Oliveira, agronomist, MSc, specializing in organic agriculture and management of agricultural and agrifood companies.
4. The Association members (26 families).

Everyone is already involved with the project and I am confident that they make a great team.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

I've known this community my whole life, but only now I can work on projects that will effectively help them. The community is officially recognized by the Brazilian Government as a group of slave descendants. But, they truly need support to begin with their projects. The project terms were defined with the agreement of all 26 families living at the Quilombo. People are now ready to do what was discussed.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize money will allow us to realize the economic initiatives we've planned, and also to consolidate the newly created Community Association. In parallel, other actions will be implemented to reclaim their original lands (almost 40 acres) and also to develop an organic agriculture project. This project will be linked to a much larger one located at the rural region of Santa Catarina's state. The community will be trained on an existing Agroecology Training Center. An accredited certifier is ready to certify the production and a cooperative is also available to distribute the organic products. To implement this organic product project the group will require financial resources, but they will become self-sufficients once it begins.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

This is my first entrepreneurial initiative because I am only 18 years old. But I have the support of experienced people, including: Jaime Coelho, Economist, PhD, prof. at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC); João Oliveira, Agronomist, MSc, expert in organic agriculture and management of agricultural and agrifood companies.
However, I can totally compromise to support the community as much as they need.

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VIDAL MARTINS: A REMAINING QUILOMBOLA COMMUNITY

This project aims to create job opportunities and financial resources for 26 slave descendant families. It includes the production of a thousand handmade embroidered shirts and also the purchase of all required equipment. Subsequently, an organic agriculture project will be implemented.

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KadAfrica

KadAfrica builds resilient farming communities centered around the empowerment of young women. 1500 out of school girls in Western Uganda have gained sustainable livelhood options cultivating passion fruit; inspiring and anchoring fruit farming cooperatives for more than 1000 smallholder farmers.

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2012

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Uganda, Fort Portal

Country where this project is creating social impact

Uganda, KYE, Kyenjojo

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

KadAfrica builds resilient farming communities centered around the empowerment of young women. 1500 out of school girls in Western Uganda have gained sustainable livelhood options cultivating passion fruit; inspiring and anchoring fruit farming cooperatives for more than 1000 smallholder farmers.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if our of school girls in rural Uganda could inspire their communities to engage in agriculture through their success as entrepreneurs in agribusiness?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Uganda, economic dependence is a primary driver of the many injustices facing out of school girls; as a result, they have limited choices and are often forced into early marriages or risky behaviors. Girls typically have limited access to small tracts of land with little knowledge of how to turn this resource into generated income. Additionally, poor agriculture practices and cultural stigmas have further discouraged entry into agriculture.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

GAIN is an integrative approach combining hands-on and curriculum based learning, recognizing the interconnectedness between economic security and poor choices or risky behaviors. In addition to gender empowerment, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship training, girls are provided a 240m2 plot with 40 passion fruit vines, intense technical support, and a ready market. Girls yield on average 100-150 kgs of fruit per month, garnering an income of $40-$50 over the same time period. These girls are not only earning and learning how to manage an income, they are being set up with agribusiness support and becoming leaders in their communities--successfully engaging more than 1000 smallholder farmers to form passion fruit cooperatives.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Girls are provided with cash purchase of passion fruit by KadAfrica which allows them to apply their newly acquired business acumen and profits realized through agriculture to expanding their farms or their entrepreneurial repertoire. One successful young woman, Beatty, has started a nursery school with her passion fruit money. Not only does she now have an additional source of income, but 45 children are benefitting from preschool care at the hands of this amazing young entrepreneur. These young women like Beatty have become inspirations to their communities. Not only do their families come out to support them at the farm, but KadAfrica now has a pending waitlist of more than 1200 farmers itching to participate in our programming.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

As the largest passion fruit farm in Uganda, KadAfrica works with more than1500 out of school girls to build sustainable livelihood options. KadAfrica has published a manual on smallholder cultivation of passion fruit; we have provided these out of school girls with quality grafted seedlings, trainings and agroinputs, the support of a certified agronomist, and a ready market for passion fruit. Our young entrepreneurs have undergone gender empowerment, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship training; they have planted over 60,000 passion fruit vines on over 90 acres provided rent free by partners in Western Uganda to be bulked marketed with KadAfrica's own production for export as well as to processors in Kampala. Through this model, KadAfrica has become a primary exporter of passion fruit, linking these out of school girls and their communities to markets in the EU and UK.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our model is based on a two-stage scale-up: first empower, and then process. Now that we have proven our concept, and begun scaling from 250 out growers to more than 1500, we are looking to grow to more than 3000 out growers over the next 1-2 years. Once we hit this level we would have the volumes necessary to process KadAfrica passion fruit into pulp and supply juice companies with Ugandan pulp—rather than pulp being sourced from Asia. This would allow us to purchase from out growers at a price point of 30% higher than what is currently sustainable, keeping wealth within Uganda.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Financial sustainability is key to KadAfrica’s model, with funding coming from the sale of passion fruit from our own and out grower production. Currently, our network produces of 9 tons per month. Through an innovative hub-spoke model facilitating bulked transport, this has allowed KadAfrica to expand from 250 to more than 2000 out growers over the last year using less than 50% donor money.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Foundations, NGOs, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

TechnoServe runs a project promoting increased incomes for smallholder passion fruit farmers in Eastern Uganda. KadAfrica worked extensively with TechnoServe in the design of its out grower model to improve upon transport, marketing, and other difficulties. Staff explained that they faced resistance when engaging target populations towards passion fruit as a viable crop. Since, TechnoServe has begun a fieldtrip program to the KadAfrica Estate to exemplify the possibilities for commercial production in Uganda; the Estate is made available to all girls and contributes to bulked marketing.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Driving from Uganda to Kenya we had a stark realization as crossing the border roads became lined with thriving, large-scale agricultural ventures that did not exist in Uganda. Why is so much lush land sitting unutilized as imports flow across the border to satisfy demand? Through meetings and hours of research we learned that 70% of the passion fruit in Uganda—a popular fruit made into juice—was imported. With fertile soils and high altitude, Ugandan farmers could be fully capable of meeting demand if equipped with the skills and inputs to grow the high value fruit. The vertically growing vine is ideal as it affords smallholder farmers space to grow ground dwelling crops for consumption while generating income through passion fruit.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

KadAfrica has 5 full time staff, including a Managing Director, Director of Business Development, our "Market Maverick", and two full time Agronomists. We also have two Agriculture Extension Workers and 12 Field Facilitators. To build our network, we have built an amazingly supportive advisory board consisting of investors and experienced social entrepreneurs. We hope to add an additional 18 field facilitators to support our growth by Q4 2015.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Through partnerships with local NGOs and community church partners, we are able to recruit out of school girls aged 14-20 who are interested in building sustainable livelihood options cultivating passion fruit. While these young women are the target of our programming, they are not paying customers. KadAfrica passion fruit is sold throughout Uganda to major chains such as Sheraton and Nakumatt, as well as exporters. We target buyers through our commitment to quality, consistency, and direct delivery.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

By increasing access to training personal, we strongly believe that we could increase production by an average of 300%. This would triple the income generation per girl, allow for a 60% improvement in quality, and bolster the average 20% of weekly income that is being saved in cooperative-based ROSCAs. Prize money would help us achieve these goals and hire the 18 additional facilitators needed to provide increased agribusiness support to our entrepreneurs and spark production. Further, by building this impact we would see an exponential increase in interest among community members--recognizing agriculture as a viable and sustainable business venture and teaming with these young women to grow passion fruit.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

KadAfrica was a leap into entrepreneurship for us both. It began as a small horticulture project and has expanded to Uganda's largest irrigated passion fruit farm, holding trainings and providing seedlings and inputs for smallholder farmers. In May 2013, KadAfrica scaled up its model through a public-private partnership with CRS, Caritas, and the Archdiocese of Fort Portal to become the business it is today empowering out of school girls.

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A million walk against Cancer in Africa

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2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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Rwanda, KV, Kicukiro

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African Alliance on Cancer wants to eradicate cancer and take care of the diagnosed in Africa through education campaigns and provision of mentoring and clinic services to Cancer diagnosed. We awaken governments, people, researchers and policy makers to take actions towards Cancer as big killer.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if all Africans were aware of cancer and that all African governments are taking measures against Cancer?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Cancer kills more than 750,000 people (More than 80 per cent of the death rate) and more than 950,000 are infected. The cost of cancer treatment is too high and people are not aware of cancer, they run for witch doctors. The most promising problem is that governments, policy makers and organizations in Africa are silent and do not care at all (No any funds allocated to cancer treatment).

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

African Alliance on Cancer addresses Cancer in Africa through awareness campaigns to pull governments, policy makers, governments, and communities to take actions against cancer. We also run education campaigns to make people aware of cancer through public theaters, public walks, social events which help people know the causes, signs and symptoms of cancer and how to limit the cancer magnitude. We are also helping the diagnosed people in Africa through nutrition improvement and advice on how to cure or live with cancer well. We also call and partner investors and entrepreneurs to invest in Cancer to reduce the bill of cancer treatment. Finally we help people to with early detection of cancer and take them to the hospital as well.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

On 19th March, African Alliance on Cancer organized a public walking in order to urge the government of Burundi provide interest in cancer. The marching was attended by 150 people (youth), on 4th April, the government of Burundi called us to work with the ministry of Health of Burundi to help know the number of people who are cancer positive in Bujumbura. For a public and voluntary testing, we got 52 cancer positive people were detected (Breast cancer heading the list). The government provided us with Fbu 3,000,000 to help these people cure. This proved to us that if we keep working like this, the program will expand in the whole country and in the whole Africa in general and people will know cancer, hence the reduction of its effects.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

African Alliance on Cancer has created a great impact on Cancer in Rwanda and Burundi, our emissions on Radio Rwanda (every Sunday 8h00 am) and Burundi Radio (Saturday 4h00 pm ) have helped a number of people to know cancer and its impact (Symptoms and others) more than 2 million people sent their comments. Our peer educators have helped more than 6 million in 150 villages in Rwanda and Burundi to know cancer. We currently provide aid to 42 diagnosed in 83 families. We are planning to reach 46 African countries by 2015 and 54 countries by 2016. We hope to have impact on 1.111 billion of Africans to help them have knowledge on cancer and millions of cancer diagnosed people (Some know it and others not) who are facing problems of treatment. We wish to reduce the cancer death rate from 750,000 a year to 150,000 by 2016. We wish to reduce the magnitude of Cancer to 100,000 affected each year

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

To achieve our vision of reaching 0 death from Cancer and 0 affected per year, we have developed a number of strategies. We have 5 regional focal points, national focal points, village ambassadors and peer educators to cover all areas. We run public marching, petitions and competitions to attract governments attention and other organizations to support our work.
We also run TV and radio emissions to attract the public in our activities and make people get to know about Cancer. We build businesses and kitchen gardens for the cancer diagnosed people to help them pay medical bill and live well

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

African Alliance on Cancer will ensure financial sustainability through its events and programs. We organize campaigns through public social events(football, volleyball and riding competition) which attract a number of people, they buy tickets and subscribe to our events. The average amount expected to be raised in these events is $ 289,855 per year. We also hope to start a cancer educational magazine which will be sold at a very low price.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, National government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Africa is still living in darkness about Cancer, as a results there is not a single organization working on Cancer awareness. So African Alliance is a unique organization providing a unique solution to cancer problem in Africa.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Daniel founded African Alliance on Cancer shortly after his trip from Burundi in August, 2013 where he met two families fighting over a young girl (poison) but she showed symptoms of cervical cancer and they did not know it. When he came to Rwanda, his girlfriend lost her grand mum due to oval Cancer (It was so hard to take her to hospital because it was too expensive). He decided to start an organization which will educate Africans on Cancer (signs, symptoms and other characteristics) along with calling international communities, governments and policy makers to turn their wheel on cancer as it is ravaging the continent and none is concerned at all. The organization prospered after winning the Livestrong award which helped to reach many.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Our leadership style enables us to be successful, we have at the general head quarter, a full time team of 5, and a part time team of 4.
-Daniel Turikumwe who is Founder and CEO, Daniel has experience in leadership and community awareness.
-Nzeyimana Jean Bosco: Strategic partnership and programs manager,he has experience in sponsorship.
-We also have 5 regional focal points for Africa(West, East, South, North and Central Africa).

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We are currently present in two countries (Rwanda and Burundi) serving more than 21.4 million, 150 cancer diagnosed from 82 families, planning to scale in 50 countries by 2016 serving 1.111 billion. They highly value our services as we help detect cancer early, know how to reduce cancer risks, and get medical treatment for a cheaper price. We engage our recipients through public campaigns, fundraising social events (Cycling, football matches and other competitions), public walks, media and social media.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

By 2015, African Alliance will be present in 46 countries, serving more than 780 million of people. By 2016, we will cover the whole Africa (54 countries) serving 1.111 billion of people and millions of diagnosed and their families. We would like to install in each country a cancer authority that takes care of cancer issues, attract at more funds in cancer treatment. To achieve our goals and objectives, we need money and especially publicity to make our activities be known by people, governments, and other concerned parties. Money will help us to organize successful events, campaigns and reach all beneficiaries across Africa. It will also help to train many cancer workers in Africa who are a scarce today.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I am the co-founder of Habona Ltd (January 2013), a company that produces clean and affordable fuels in terms of briquettes, biogas, and solar electricity to rural population in the Southern province of Rwanda. African Alliance on Cancer was listed the first in Africa and second in the world by livestrong Foundation. We gained partnership with the ministry of Health in Rwanda and two hospitals (Prince Regent Rwangasore and University Hospital).

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e-kulki

E-kulki provides easy and secure access to a group based financial tools by mobile phone . We provide the possibility for anyone to come together and start saving and borrowing in a group with any type of cellphone. Savings are held at a bank and accounting is provided automatically by text message.

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Wolvers

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2013

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For‐profit

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Colombia, CAM, Bogotá

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Colombia, BOL, Arjona

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

E-kulki provides easy and secure access to a group based financial tools by mobile phone . We provide the possibility for anyone to come together and start saving and borrowing in a group with any type of cellphone. Savings are held at a bank and accounting is provided automatically by text message.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if low income populations do not need to worry anymore about their daily financial issues? What will happen with the time they save and stress they prevent?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Low income households encounter difficulties in managing their fluctuating income as the financial tools they have access to do not adequately address their needs. One of the best tools some have is the Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA, 9 million members worldwide) that provide access to secure savings, credit and insurance. VSLA has some shortcomings which are security, errors in group bookkeeping and high costs per member.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

e-kulki combines the VSLA methodology with mobile money. Low income households will have a suitable financial tool to manage their financial needs which as a result empowers them. Our innovation will reduce costs and standardize quality eliminating cash risk by replacing cash with electronic money. Group members will receive personal automated accounting messages. Characteristics:
- Use of an existing countrywide mobile wallet
- Solely electronic transactions
- Automatic bookkeeping/message service
- Group savings are safely held at a bank
- Group members can upload money onto their phone at any local bank agent
- Group members come together when they want to save
- Loans of the group fund are distributed during the group meetings

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The groups currently participating in the pilot keep telling us, why did we not use this financial product before?

Traditional savings groups (cash-based) can have a couple of thousand of dollars at the end of their group cycle. Having all this money in cash gives a lot of stress to the group members, living almost in fear. As a result some members start saving less and even stop participating. With our methodology group members funds are safe at the bank, so the groups have meetings without fear and mistrusting group members. Result in our pilot is that group members start focussing more on external things, such as entrepreneurial activities.

Traditionally, group members are female (between 80-90% worldwide).

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Its first months e-kulki has focused strongly on proof of concept and has consciously kept itself and clients/funders small. We received funding from an award ‘pioneros de la innovación’ including coaching from Compartamos Con Colombia. With this award we were able to start a pilot project in collaboration with a international NGO (Fundación Plan) and the Colombian government. This pilot is currently being implemented in Cartagena, Colombia. Increased security is the main advantage for group members to participate.
The projected future impact is by using e-kulki low-income households have an adequate tool to manage their finances which in turns empowers them. Banks and financial institutions will reach the currently unbanked which are potentially new clients. VSLA promoting partners will be able to expand the number of savings groups faster and at lower cost.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The pilot project is currently being implemented in Colombia. At the same moment we are working on starting a similar pilot in Ethiopia. Our experience is that progress in Colombia is slow and we think it is faster to work in two or three countries at the same time. Currently we are approaching potential mobile-money deployments like Kifiya Financial Technology, Airtel Uganda, Sembrar Sartawi Bolivia, and international NGOs like CARE, CRS, IRC and others.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

E-kulki aims to commercialize without donor or govt support to ensure financial sustainability:
- Group implementers: starting of groups with less training, of better quality at less cost. Connecting members costs USD 1,32 monthly per member
- Group-members: automated bookkeeping, safer savings and more transparency. To receive 2 text messages, members will pay USD 0,26 monthly
- Potential income sources are banks and mobile-money deployments

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, National government, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

At the moment we are still unique (globally) because we actively take our solutions to groups and coach them adopt it. We expect to quickly build scale which will allow us to charge extremely low prices (high volume-large margin strategy). In our strongly scalable business we expect to be the first to build scale to keep a price advantage over incoming competition.
We also have profound knowledge of how savings groups work and what they need, due to years of research in this area. Last but not least, we work with a partner Fundación Plan that has the trust and network amongst future clients.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

In anticipation to the ¨aha¨ moment the founders were working on several research studies, obtaining a bottom-up understanding of the Colombian society:
- financial diaries study: 6 months interviewing 40 households every two weeks
- impact studies VSLA savings group programs
- mobile money market study

This all together brought us the ¨Aha¨ moment: developing a relative simple application can combine the savings group methodology and mobile money could solve most issues current savings groups are facing at the moment. And the market is huge, as about 40% of the worldwide population participate in saving groups.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

- Anne Marie -co-founder (part-time): 25 years exp in financial inclusion
- Michiel -co-founder (full-time): 8 years exp financial sector
- Felipe -business relation manager (part-time): 4 years ex in development sector
- Carlijn -project coordinator (full-time): 6 years exp in project management
- Veronica -field coordinator (part-time): savings group member, trained e-kulki methodology
- Simon -software developer (part-time): 20 years exp

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

1) Formal savings groups implementers - cost reduction, easier bookkeeping and a more sustainable implementation model, and are willing to pay for this. Engage through existing network.
2) Formal savings group members - interested in saving simple and safe, engage through savings grimplementers
3) Informal (naturally initiated savings groups) - Potential 2 mln Colombians, engage through word-of-mouth formal savings groups
4) Banking /mobile money organizations - Capture savings and clients

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize money will help to develop the second, more automated,a Beta version of the group manage application. In this way, it will be possible for more savings groups to make use of e-kulki. This will in turn lead to the creation of more small scale enterprises which benefits them and their communities. After the Beta version, development and testing of a fully-automatic version of the group manage application is needed. If this version works well, the remaining prize money will be used to develop and test an educational simulating game for group members.
The publicity will help us to attract new partners and potential investors in order to bring e-kulki to the next level.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Previously I set-up a SME consulting company company with some Colombians to help them grow. This advice included legal, communication, marketing and my area was financial accounting. I developed financial administration packages for SMEs to easily do the accounting for their companies.

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Africa Alliance on Cancer

African Alliance on Cancer wants to eradicate cancer and take care of the diagnosed in Africa through education campaigns and provision of mentoring and clinic services to Cancer diagnosed. We awaken governments, people, researchers and policy makers to take actions towards Cancer as big killer.

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We want to bring “natural protein enriched food” to the most vulnerable populations and urban consumers. This way people will have access to “sustainable, healthy, natural, filling and affordable” food. By employing women in organic grasshopper farming, they will have an active role in communities.

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Everyday little things that will have an impact in our future!

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2014

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Hybrid

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Mexico, Puebla

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Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We want to bring “natural protein enriched food” to the most vulnerable populations and urban consumers. This way people will have access to “sustainable, healthy, natural, filling and affordable” food. By employing women in organic grasshopper farming, they will have an active role in communities.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if insects could be used to prevent some “non-communicable diseases” and save lives?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Nearly 870M people suffer from chronic undernourishment and 1.5B are overweight or obese worldwide. Noncommunicable diseases (e.g. diabetes, cancer) are the leading cause of death and could be prevented (i.e. Type 2 diabetes is 90% of the diabetic population (60% develop it due to poor diet). By 2030, nearly 370M people will have Diabetes. Thus, we need new “sustainable, healthy, natural, filling and accessible” products to prevent malnutrition.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

It is time to look for new alternative sources of protein that are more affordable and sustainable (i.e. 16000L of water to produce 1kg of beef). Pulverized organic insects can be used as an added ingredient to have affordable, sustainable, natural, filling & healthy products. The quality of grasshopper protein is similar to the FAO pattern. The total protein content in 100 grams of grasshoppers is 70% (in meat 55% & in soybean 44%). They are also rich in vitamins, minerals (not cholesterol). They are free of toxins, hormones and have a high reproductive potential. Dried grasshoppers can be preserved up to one year (edible parts: full body). They only get their water from food (i.e. 1 kg of alfalfa is 377L of water).

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Actually, we are facing irregular working hours, demand for productivity, aging population, NCD (like diabetes, cancer, etc). Meals are smaller, hurried, skipped or not cooked. Irregular food intake is highly correlated to obesity.

Thanks to these products, people will be able to get energy (proteins are vitality fuel, and can be obteined from many sources). In fact, after water, proteins are the second major component of the human body (i.e. 18% of body mass), they are never converted into fat and help to regenerate muscle after exercise. The daily recommended intake is 60kg/day (for a 70kg adult). Thus we need to eat protein in everyday, as we cannot store them in our body.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

This project offers solutions to reduce 3 problems:
1) MALNUTRITION: 1 billion poor people do not have an optimal diet that nourishes their bodies and 1.5 billion people are overweight or obese. Over the next decade the societal burden of diabetes will become a political issue (more than 80% of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries). It is important to point out that the total protein content in 100g of grasshoppers is 70% (in meat is around 55%). Its total protein digestibility is 98.02% (Bourges). Thus, they are a sustainable and healthy way to get proteins (with affordable prices) which will help people to maintain/reduce their weight by increasing both satiation and satiety.
2) WATER CRISIS: Grasshoppers farming has low water footprint. 3) GENDER GAP: Most rural women do not have an income. Thus, we will encourage job creation in rural areas for them.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We strongly believe that achieving sustainability rely on equal attention to environmental, social and economic factors and their integration through sustainable development strategies. Eveyone should have access to “sustainable, healthy & natural food" and be able to "afford it" and "easily find it"!

We may bring “natural protein enriched food” to urban consumers and the most vulnerable populations. For example, in Mexico "tortillas" can be fortified. Then we can fortify products adapted to the diversity of the world (e.g. basic staples like lavash, makki di roti, chapati, nân, etc).

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Short term: Production and sales in Mexico
Medium term: Production and sales in America
Long term: Production and sales in Europe, America, Africa and Asia
The objective of this Project is to be expanded worldwide. Profits will be re-invested for growth and expansion. Additionally, we want to create a foundation that improves people health through nutrition. Thus, we want to donate part of the profits to help those who need it every year.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

In order to bring healthier products, most approaches focus on reducing fat, sugar or salt. In the mass market, there are a few brands that focus on high protein products. However, these products are expensive and some of them are not natural nor convenient. The main advantage of “natural protein enriched food” (insects source) compared to other nutrition initiatives (like supplementation or animal/vegetable sources of protein) is its low cost, sustainability and high coverage impact. We are different, we are “sustainable, healthy, natural, filling and affordable” products.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We have identified five main needs: energy, health, pleasure, convenience and satiety. Consumers are looking for healthy products. The protein content is appealing to women and men. There is a growing segment of health conscious consumers who are looking to include more high-quality protein in their diet. In fact, these men and women are concerned about the things they put in their bodies. People should be awared taht irregular food intake is highly correlated to obesity.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Over the next two years, the prize money and publicity will help us to reach new markets and diversify our portfolio in order to be a better answer for healthy hunger satisfacción. For instance, we want to develop "natural enriched drinks" (natural and healthy drinks enriched with botanicals and crushed linseed / chia seed).

On the other hand, the exposure to a range of leading sustainability experts, entrepreneurs and investors during the process will enrich my personal and professional visión.

We want to spread our natural enriched products' core message worldwide: Being healthy while being nutritious, natural, affordable and sustainable.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I am not risking-averse, I am good at making decisions and I am willing to take numerous responsibilities. My favorite things to do is to travel, and learn about new cultures.
I have been involved in different social and cultural activities in Mexico and in France. However, this is the firts time that I decided to walk the entrepreneurial path and I am sure that my conviction and passion for this project will make the difference.

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

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Pimp My Carroça

A collective intervention realized by volunteers and artists that delivers free public service to autonomous recyclable material pickers, who collect 90% of recycled material in Brasil. They receive aesthetic and health treatments, a powerful meal, clothes, art in their carroças and new gear.

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Conditions, recognition and visibility to recyclable material collectors

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

2012

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Brazil, São Paulo

Country where this project is creating social impact

Brazil

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

A collective intervention realized by volunteers and artists that delivers free public service to autonomous recyclable material pickers, who collect 90% of recycled material in Brasil. They receive aesthetic and health treatments, a powerful meal, clothes, art in their carroças and new gear.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if Pimp my Carroça was absorbed as a movement of public interest to ackowledge recyclable material pickers and their essential role, recognizing their valuable contribution to society through safety and better work conditions?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Pimp my Carroça aknowledges, recognizes and provide better conditions to recyclable materials collectors. The 20,000 pickers in São Paulo are responsible for 90% of the recycled waste of the city, they make the solid waste management happen, working about twelve hours a day collecting up to 3 tons of material per month pulling their carroças. However, they don’t have any labour safety or structure, nor are target of any social assistance project.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

PMC is a movement that recognizes recyclable material collectors as unsupported actors in the municipal waste management system, and therefore: a) it makes their work safer by providing safety items, b) improves their Carroças (carts) through a full structural reform, c) values their work and raises their self-esteem with aesthetic and health services, d) makes their carts an itinerant art piece with graffiti art, containing messages that value their work and make it more tangible to citizens, e) attracts thousands of volunteers to join the cause, f) connects thousands of people who didn’t know this cause to see waste pickers in a different way, interacting with them, sharing moments, taking pictures.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

According to some stories our team gathered, during the events and in other moments, recyclable material collectors feel safer, proud and more joyful to circulate the city with their new carts and knowing there is a movement looking at them with recognition. Now people understand their important role and seek them to deliver recyclable material what increased their income, they also take pictures which were shared thousands of times in social medias, they also start conversations and look into ways to help them somehow. Now we are taking the project to more cities, more collectors and dialoguing with the public sector, including the environment minister, mayors and even the president, to whom we delivered the movement’s manifesto.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

PMC has produced 4 editions of the event in 3 different brazilian major cities, besides 2 other compact editions in smaller cities, and attended over 165 pickers and their carroças. Over 750 volunteers and 200 grafitti artists participated on these events, and more than 1,300 crowdfunding backers and 13,000 people follow us on social media. Another major impact is the reach of the project videos on youtube and vimeo, over one hundred thousand people in over 150 countries, plus the mainstream and independent media coverage. PMC is also a regular attraction at the recyclable material collectors organization´s yearly events, as well as an invitee for the National Environment Conference held by the Federal Government in Brazil.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We are expanding the movement, reaching more recyclable material collectors. But the event is costly and it is hard to take the full structure everywhere. So, this year, we launched the Pimpex - parody of TEDx -, which are independently held mini editions of PMC to pimp up to four carroças. Enabling anyone, at a low cost, to take a lead, through a special crowdfunding channel (canalpimp.catarse.me), the person raises funds and receives the Pimpex Kit with the material needed to pimp the carroças. Bringing more people into the movement, reaching many more recyclable material collectors.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Crowdfunding is main source 1,300+ backers, also merchandise (shirts, stickers etc) and sale of donated art pieces. 750+ volunteers and 200+ artists collaborated in PMC editions, and we make cultural projects with companies and NGOs to fund actions. Also, this year the city of São Paulo financed an edition of PMC. Despite these sources, we are looking into new partnerships/sponsors to reduce costs, expand the actions and our crowdfunding channel.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Currently, there aren’t other projects like PMC that focus autonomous recyclable material collectors through art, volunteers and a statement with political and social resonance, maybe because of this, it is so innovative and generates such repercussion. There are partnering institutions that fight for the recognition of the collectors, and with them we maintain intense and direct dialogue to organize joint events and actions. It is good to remind that investments in the recycling sector target collectors organized in cooperatives or associations, which are not PMC’s main target.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

PMC came after five years graffiting carroças, meeting collectors and trying to help them in many cities. I felt I could do much more, not just paint the carroças but give them safety, self-esteem, health etc, and that alone I wouldn’t be able to do all this. It was then I did a collective call in the internet looking for donations and backers who believed in the idea. It worked! 792 people crowdfunded PMC’s first edition with R$ 64,000, which allowed us to start the movement with much repercussion in the media in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in this city during Rio+20 environmental conference.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Our team is compact, and very passionate: Bruna (designer and graphic producer), Caren (cultural and administrative producer) and me, Mundano (graffiti artist and idealizer), fully dedicated to the Project. And Daniela (cultural producer and creative economy specialist), Renata (environmental engineer specialized in solid waste) and Daniel (copywriting and communication) in specific projects and actions. All involved from conception to execution.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

PMC targets autonomous recyclable material collectors, especially those that use carroças to work, and they deeply embraced the project. It also reaches other groups, citizens who are invited to participate, volunteer, who interact in social media due to the great press coverage PMC has been receiving. As well as public sector managers that see the results achieved as an opportunity to work with collectors in a larger scale.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

PMC will invest the prize money in a team focused in expanding the actions and create new PMC editions in more cities, not only in Brasil. And in other projects like the app to match collectors and people with recyclable materials, improvement of website and crowdfunding, campaigns. Moreover, it will help with some fixed costs, like office, printing, transport, phone, office supplies, among others. In Brasil, PMC was cover story in newspapers, magazines and in prime-time television. The worldwide publicity will allow us to captivate more people and certainly make the movement stronger, bringing future investors and partners closer.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I organized events to build houses for family’s in vulnerable conditions, panels to promote dialogue with the government, coached projects in the Wings for Change channel and also curate exhibits, and organize workshops about artvism and graffiti. I speak in events, in Brasil and abroad (in Japan, South Africa, US), including Global Powershift in Turkey and TEDx editions, I was recently appointed TED Fellow and will speak in the next TED Global.

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ARCAH

Rescue of extremely poor individuals living in the streets (Homeless and drug addicts).
Programs: Drug Rehabilitation, Education, Technical Schools and Work Opportunities.
Carpentry, Permaculture, Canil (dog instrutor), Waste Selection/Cooperative, Bycicle fixing, Gastronomy, Sports.

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Association to the Rescue of Citizenship through Affection Towards Humanity

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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Brazil, SP, São Paulo

Country where this project is creating social impact

Brazil, SP, São Paulo

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Rescue of extremely poor individuals living in the streets (Homeless and drug addicts).
Programs: Drug Rehabilitation, Education, Technical Schools and Work Opportunities.
Carpentry, Permaculture, Canil (dog instrutor), Waste Selection/Cooperative, Bycicle fixing, Gastronomy, Sports.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if decent job opportunities could solve the problem of homeless people?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Due to the urbanization tendency around the World, city centers are facing a huge challenge with homeless people. The growing number of people coming from the countryside with unqualified curriculums facing a competitive and saturated market, with few opportunities, has lead to the accumulation of people living in the streets which added up to a massive drug addiction problem has turned some city centers into a place of zombies. Open air caos.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Looking deep into the problem, researching and speaking to these people, if real attention is paid and opportunities are created, there is a clear solution.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Homeless people rescued and sheltered with affection. Through medical attention, education, technical schooling and work opportunities, lives have been completely changed for better. On the same time, society has been perceiving the project as concrete solution and a movement has being created to help more people through our initiative.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

ARCAH has today we have 60 homeless people rescued and living in the country side on a mini farm, being rehabilitated, taken care of, educated and taught on different skills with completely changed lives.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

If society realizes the power of giving true opportunities to socially vulnerable citizens, including education, technical schooling and even capacitation to help people move back to the countryside, most of the problems in city centers related to homelessness and drug addiction will disappear.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Charity events such as auctions and dinners.
Partnership with brands, selling products with 100% of the profit going go the project.
Cooperative selling products produced within the technical schools. Companies interested in buying our products due stories behind and institutional added value.
Friends, family, socialites, bloggers, sportsmen and celebrities have adopted the cause and have been helping with the funding.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

In Brasil, there are no projects specifically directed to the homeless. The Government offers bed and shower for a limited number of people and some NGOs do distribution of food and clothing in the streets. However, no real solution is actually offered.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

After 10 years helping homeless people in various ways, I met a person named Humberto, a former homeless and drug addict who was rescued by Jezmiel, a humble man who bravely took 11 homeless to live with him in his place. With very limited resources Jezmiel offered them shelter, food, medical care and technical education. In 9 months time, most of them recovered, found jobs and started living healthy lives. During that same time, while traveling to the UK, I met a Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant staff member who told me about a farm in Italy (San Patrignano) a success case dealing with drug addiction and social inclusion thru education, capacitation and labor. I realized it was possible to do something similar in Brazil and started ARCAH.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Today we are organized as follows:
5 members of the Board (meetings once a month).
5 part time directors, each in a different area: Myself as President, a Finance Director, a Law Director, a Marketing Director and an Operational Director.
A full time project manager and an operational manager.
1 Psiquiatrist, 1 Sports teacher and 1 Permaculture teacher, 20 volunteers. We intend to increase the number of volunteers in the near future.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Homeless, society and companies. Homeless because they are the first helped, society because it heals a social sickness and companies, because they can have nice products and capacitated employees.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize would leverage the project's importance and show its value internally and to external stakeholders. Money is always useful, specially in growth/expansion times. Publicity can bring more help and partners to the table.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Before founding ARCAH I worked on my family's company and opened different business units outside of Brasil, with a growth of 78% in sales, on the second year.
Co-founded a photography school to homeless people, before ARCAH.

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Better Sourcing Program

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Basically, the project would be a network of volunteers that work towards the improvement of the living standards and conditions of vulnerable populations in rural areas of Colombia, by using their own professional habilities and the resources provided by donors.

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MAIS: MOVIMIENTO DE ACCIÓN E INCLUSIÓN SOCIAL

We believe that being involved with vulnerable communities allows us to have a better understanding of what we have to work on. We provide solutions for social enterpreneurs and work with them as we are social enterpreneurs ourselves.

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Young leaders boosting social inclusion

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Year founded

2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Mexico, JAL, Guadalajara

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Mexico, JAL, Guadalajara

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We believe that being involved with vulnerable communities allows us to have a better understanding of what we have to work on. We provide solutions for social enterpreneurs and work with them as we are social enterpreneurs ourselves.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

everybody could have the same opportunities

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The lack of information as many times as the lack of tools and resources in the society represents a disadvantage for many.
Communities excluded exist and the lack of these mentioned factors play a key roll in this situation, which doesn't allow them to be into the social system, for consequence, being excluded, and where their human rights seem not to be respected.
They face, then, a politic and economic situation in disadvantage.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

1.Changemakers program: Promoting social enterpreneurship as an alternative of social inclusion.
-Foment: Focused on developing social enterpreneurship in youth that is still uncouncious about their potential to have an impact in the social issues affecting their communities. We offer information services to let them recognize themselves as changemakers. Conferences is the main activity in this category.
-Design and Impulse: Consultancies for the ones interested in formulating or structurating strategies to combat social problems. Wrokshops and contests are tools used for this purpose.

2.Projects with high social impact
-Social enterprises
-Intervention in communities
-Cooperation, participation and Incidence

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We assist social enterpreneurs. That is the case of "Universidad Incluyente CUCEA" (Inclusive University), a group working on turning the university campus into a more inclusive one for people with disabilities or any limitation.
We have granted them with specialized training with the objective they could have the tools that allow them to boost their social project. We have given them services as company and assitance starting with a participative diagnostic in which the main issues in the organization have been detected in order to be treated.
The mentioned consultancy over their organizational structure, human talent and empowerment have let them improve as a group and move forward to reach the solution to the social problem.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

During our first year, we have worked with 10 different groups of people and associations, offering the necessary tools for them to improve their social enterpreneur project with services of company, assistance, advisory, consultancy, training and entailment.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Next step is to assit more social enterpreneurs, increase their impact, get a higher number of social enterpreneurship projects and work on their self's sustainability.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

As we're trying to target vulnerable communities who rarely have too much economic resources, most of our incomings currently come from academic institutions, NGO's, & government.
We also plan to be the first contact of sales for the enterpreneurs we're helping, then, we would act as a broker, distributing the product our enterpreneurs are producing until they develop better strategies that allow them to reach their maximum potential.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are currently many organizations addressing similar problems to the ones we're fighting against, that is the case of social incubators or another bigger organizations as it is Ashoka, which is a global organization or YABT that works for the Americas, all of them encourage responsible enterpreneurship that could make a change for a better world. However, most of these organizations have no as main foucus the region in which we're working, something smaller but closer, and have no that closest relation with the enterpreneurs since we are from the region we're addressing our efforts.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The social enterpreneur Jorge Meléndez arises during his University studies, after getting into "Students in Free Enterprise" organization while offering support for enterprises funding to vulnerable communities. After that, after winning the "Change your world" first Spanish American contest is when he comes across with the "social enterprenerurship" concept.

Once the concept was understood, he found that many social enterpreneurs didn't have the necessary tools and resources to make their project come true and to get the desired impact, also realizing the insufficient number of social enterpreneurs in the region.
That's when some social enterpreneurs decided to join their efforts convinced that they could be changemakers creating MAIS

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

We are a group of students and post-graduated young people, working at about 15-20 hours a week we volunteer to contribute with this organization and its commitment which is organized in three divisions:
1. Directive division:
General direction, presidency, general secretariat, treasury.
2.Administrative division:
Marketing, human talent, management, public relations.
3.Operative division in which the programs take place and become possible

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Social enterpreneurs are the ones to whom we offer our services and through them is how we will implement a solution for the social issues we're expecting to fight against.
Social enterpreneurs identify situations causing exclusion, marginalization or suffering in any segment of the society in which the population doesn't have the tools or power to transform the situation by themselves, they identify an opportunity to challenge this status quo and act to assure a better future for vulnerable sectors.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

It will let us to boost the inclusion of more vulnerable communities, promoting the participation of more young enterpreneurs through the creation and strengthening of new projects and social enterprises.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

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Green Farmers Initiative for a Green Moldova

Moldova region communities faces high poverty, aging, youth emigration, lack of economic opportunities. A social enterprise for green consultancy and process organic, local products - not only bring new revenue into the community, but it helps to strengthen family farms and local sustainability.

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A Sustainable Slim Down in your City

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Sustainable Exercise Equipment to Slim your city Down to a healthier Size

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2013

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Government

Organization Country

United States, AL, Birmingham

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, I would like to introduce this in multiple US Metropolitan areas

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WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

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Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

MY main audience who I am looking to target through my idea are those who do not have proper exercise equipment in inner cities. Through sustainable exercise equipment in urban areas that require no other energy sources other than human energy, this equipment would give minorities and those who live in poverty stricken areas the opportunity to slim down while being educated on the sustainable movement. Fitness i scientifically proven to improve wellness. Why not combine all these great things into one?

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize money and media would allow me to introduce my ideas to local governments in metropolitan areas across the country. The idea itself is simple. The equipment is relatively cheap. A little can go a long way here. I have a political science degree and a leadership minor. My specialty is communicating with government officials. I believe with these two resources, I would be able to implement the idea in a few cities and the results will speak for themselves. This will cause other cities to invest in the idea on their own expense for the benefit of the people and the sustainable movement we are trying to create.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

During my Junior year of college I participated in the Thought for Food Challenge. We were one of five finalists internationally and were given mentorship and investment money to make our project reality. Our project cross-analyzed popular food bank items with their counterparts in supermarkets. We used price, nutrition, and many other factors to create a "Donate this, not that" booklet that is still in circulation to promote healthy donations.

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A social enterprise for the benefit of trafficked women in red light areas

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2013

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Hybrid

Organization Country

India, MM, Mumbai

Country where this project is creating social impact

India, MM, Mumbai

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

There are over lakhs of women in a world of misery , trafficked into red light areas yearly without means of an alternative livelihood and worse without even a hope of finding one. Patched is an environmentally conscious student run social enterprise striving to bring change.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if they can be just given one chance to change? A chance to be heard?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

HER STORY

Age 11: she’s kidnapped and forced into the red light area.
Age 12: She is locked up & raped 10 times a night for the price of survival
Age 17: She’s trapped for at least 5 years & is forced to have a an illicit child so that her affections can be used to manipulate her & is made dependent on drugs & alcohol
Age 22: She is ridden with disease & physiological deterioration
Age 30: She is forced to put her daughter into the trade

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Patched Through its Triple E program: Education, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment, with courage and hope striving to offer an alternate means of livelihood.
Our education ideology is to equip our women with basic training in Communication Skills, Tailoring, Money Management and Computers. These courses help them gain a fundamental understanding of these essential real world skills. They are encouraged to start up their own entrepreneurial ventures with these skills, the skills they have a knack for and mentoring provided by us.
The women are taught how to create patchwork products re-using waste fabric. The money saved through this endeavor is used as capital for their ventures.
we make sure their children get a proper schooling.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Through the money management training that was given by our team, one of our beneficiaries,Sapna has started her own B2C tiffin service in her chawl, thus having successfully exited the trade! She is currently supplying to over 25 households and earning 20,000rs monthly. A woman who was trafficked when she was barely 16 years old, subjected to the worst horrors known to man, has emerged from the struggle bruised, but not defeated.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Tripple Bottom Line

People:

• Our Direct impact:
-Through Patched, 9 women were provided with counselling & training
-4 women earn manufacturing patchwork products
-1 woman has left the trade and become a successful entrepreneur
• Indirect Impact:
-5 children’s education has been assured
- 200 women attached to NGO actively take part in our awareness events

Profit:

Revenue generated through the enterprise was at a profit of 28 % which was reinvested in training.

The women’s income has increased by 33.3%

Planet:

50 kgs of fabric was reused reducing the carbon footprint by 3150 kgs of CO2!

Capsule School has helped us reach out to various red light area NGOs by the box of CDs, and workbooks we created that can help anyone anyone learn at their own pace and time without a teacher even in the most sequestered communities.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

-Project Patched has raised funds through grant awards and regular pop-up stores and awareness events in University and social media.
-Impact shopping on www.gudville.com/patched allows 1% of user transaction on Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal as our donation.
- Through the patchwork products sold and the money management training, the women are taught to save and set up their own enteprise making them financially stable.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

After a year of trial on a not-so-successful e-commerce portal for a cause, we had learnt it through experience to start a project. With the agenda set to bring change in lives of marginalized women, we spent months in research on which we learnt about the horrifying lives of trafficked women in red light areas. Field visits moved us completely and made us take a stand that we had to do something for them. and do it now. With that set, the women's desire for change, need for help and interest in Patched only helped us continue and sustain. You cannot hear their cries and do nothing for them.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

We are a team of 9 undergrad students working together at every hour possible after college to make a difference.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Target audience: In our first phase, we have identified two beneficiary groups from the 200 women that visit our collaborated organization, Prem Kiran Community Development Centre in Sonapur red light area of Mumbai.
The first: women below age 20 who are quick to learn and have a chance to restart their lives. The second: women above the age of 30, who are being driven towards unemployment by the brothel managers but are still craving a chance to reclaim their life.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Being a student group, financial support is a necessity for us. The prize money would help us
- Set up an education centre with sewing machines, computers and broadband connectivity that can be shared by the women
- Scale the project by replicating our 3E model in other red light area NGOs
- Help set up a stable lifestyle for the women who leave the trade through a trade of THEIR choosing
- Invest on long term required teaching aid tools and machinery for product making
- Spread awareness through social media

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I have previously co-founded the Desi Tokri - An e-commerce portal that acts as a platform for all NGOs and artisans in Mumbai to showcase their handicrafts online and gain awareness for their cause. Learnt with failure, the importance of understanding the market demands for a sustainable project and the value of keeping the beneficiaries need as our problem statement and model to develop a need-based program with clear communication system.

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yes

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yes

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no

Patched

There are over lakhs of women in a world of misery , trafficked into red light areas yearly without means of an alternative livelihood and worse without even a hope of finding one. Patched is an environmentally conscious student run social enterprise striving to bring change.

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The Chips of the Future

Chips of the Future is an initiative that helps an Otomi community to achieve economic and social inclusion through the production and sale of vegetable snacks. We aim at offering healthier options to prevent obesity while supporting vulnerable groups.

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Creating social and economic inclusion through healthy solutions

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Year founded

2013

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Mexico, JAL, Zapopan

Country where this project is creating social impact

Mexico, JAL, Tlaquepaque

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Chips of the Future is an initiative that helps an Otomi community to achieve economic and social inclusion through the production and sale of vegetable snacks. We aim at offering healthier options to prevent obesity while supporting vulnerable groups.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

we could aliviate poverty while adopting a healthier lifestyle?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Mexico, indigenous communities are still marginalized and suffer from discrimination. According to the UNDP the income for native groups in Mexico is 17% lower than the national average, 85% are below the poverty line and statistics show that about 93.9% of them lack access to at least one of their human rights.
Also, Mexico has become one of the fattest countries in the world, which is causing an increase in diabetes and heart strokes.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

All problems go hand in hand and so do solutions! we focus on integrating indigenous communities to the economic sector by offering a snack made from vegetables such as carrots, beets and chayote that contributes to the well-being of its consumers.

We want to bring native communities together towards a common goal to consolidate their business through the product's legal distribution. Thus, taking the Otomis away from the streets so they no longer need to suffer unfair treatment from authorities.
Income generation will improve the community's living conditions and will allow them to gain access to the services they lack. Children won't be forced to drop out of school, and eventually it will allow them to get out of the poverty cycle.

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We met Esperanza a 33 year-old mother, whose Spanish name translates into "Hope", and hope was indeed what she needed. She would go to the city center everyday carrying with her a bag full of potato chips to sell them to the people walking by. She did this for many years, despite the lack of sales, the rain, the insults, or the police chasing her trying to take away her products. She was imprisoned for selling illegally in the streets. She was hopeless and decided to give up the trade she learnt from her parents. Now with our support, she will be making a living legally selling veggie chips and supporting her 2 kids, without bearing the insults or hardships. We will work to replicate this model to improve the lives of many others.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

During the first year of the project we have directly assisted 10 Otomi families, which number up to 47 people. We have provided them with training so they learn to improve their production processes and to manage their business efficiently. Furthermore, we developed the idea of expanding their product offerings by using other types of vegetables that have a higher nutritional quality and a better prospective in the market.
Also, within this year we were able to unify the community so they can work together towards a common goal and help one another.
Furthermore, we have assisted them developing a marketing strategy and finding distribution channels for their products in bars and restaurants. Thus, getting them away from selling illegally in the streets.
The Otomi community has regained hope in their business and is now eager to continue working.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Distribution channels are a very important part of our success, that's why we are working to expand our network by distributing our healthy snacks in schools within the metropolitan area. This will be a great opportunity for the business to grow and will contribute to promote the consumption of vegetables in school aged children, as there are over 600 elementary schools in the region that attend over 418 thousand students. Additionally, we want to replicate the model with other indigenous communities in nearby areas that are in danger of social and economic exclusion to improve their lives.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Chips of the Future works as a business model that sustains itself from the profit it makes. However, it requires a start up budget to promote its expansion, part of which comes from government loans and the rest is acquired little by little as the business progresses.
To ensure that the project will be sustainable into the future, we provide finance and budgeting training to the Otomi community, and we inculcate the value of savings.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Currently, there are no direct competitors that focus on both, helping indigenous groups and providing healthy veggie chips. There are some large companies such as Barcel offering low calorie snacks, but they usually focus on fruits while we focus on vegetables.
In regards to social inclusion, the government has launched some programs in the past to empower native communities, but unfortunately they have failed to address the problem because they provide grants that work as band-aid solutions instead of targeting the root cause of the issue.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

This project came to be after witnessing the unfair treatment that most street vendors receive from authorities, and especially after a video of a police officer humiliating a 10 year-old boy selling candy went viral. We realized that street vendors were vulnerable because most of them come from impoverished indigenous communities that have immigrated to the city looking for better opportunities and that have only found hardships and humiliations.
We then started to search for people that we could support and got in touch with the Otomi community. Once we learnt their story, we knew it was time for us to change the course of their lives.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Our team is composed of 25 members, 13 are permanent and the rest are volunteers &part time staff. We are all university students in a variety of careers such as Marketing, International business, Sociology, Psychology and Management. Each member has a particular role. For example, some are in charge of HR and others work on marketing strategies. We all work as a team and we are all committed to improve the livelihood of vulnerable communities.

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Improving Nutrition, Fairness in the Workplace, Inclusive Business.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our project focuses on two different issues and the solution is aimed at helping both indigenous communities and the consumers of their veggie chips. We support vulnerable communities to achieve economic inclusion through the creation of a social business and adding value to their products. So they don’t only gain an income and social stability, but also contribute to society by offering healthy products that prevent obesity and increase vegetable consumption in school aged children and adults.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The publicity would help us expand our distribution channels reaching out to more customers and bringing our products to more people so they can all benefit from healthier snack options. Additionally, it would empower the work of the Otomi community because we would centralize the chip production, serving as an example to other indigenous groups that are still reluctant to change their ways of doing business and continue to sell illegally in the streets; this would motivate them to implement similar models and to scale the solution to their communities.
Furthermore, we would invest in tools and equipment such as ovens and cutters to increase production and diversify the products we offer by adding baked vegetables and fruits.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

All team members have experience working with vulnerable communities in a variety of projects, some have worked in groups in pro of the environment and to prevent bullying in schools.
With the Chips of the Future project we have been selected one of the 15 winners of the Premio Cemex Tec, and we were chosen as one of the eight projects to get consulting support by the international SoBee Project created by 3 EMLYON students.

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Stand UP! Stand IN!

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Oakland
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37° 48' 9.7632" N, 122° 16' 14.3688" W

Stand UP Stand IN! shows the human dimension of deportation policies that affect over 4-million families the past 20 years.

Magical Bridge Playground

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Building the nation's most innovative inclusive playground

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2008

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Hybrid

Organization Country

United States, CA, Palo Alto

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Palo Alto

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Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Santa Clara.

How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?

Imagine being a parent or child living with a physical or cognitive disability and knowing that not a single playground has ever been designed with YOUR unique needs in mind.

The reality: no playground in the Bay Area (or our entire nation) has been designed to meet the needs of ALL our children and adults living with physical and cognitive limitations, autism, visual impairments and sensory integration challenges.

Bringing empathy and kindness to a new level: Magical Bridge is a new kind of playground!

At long last, Magical Bridge will facilitate play between ALL our children, break down traditional barriers, and serve as a model to equip our young people to become the compassionate citizens and leaders of tomorrow.

Needs/Offers

Need

Offer

Tell us about your partnerships

As a project of the Friends of the Palo Alto Parks, a 501c3 serving Palo Alto since 2003, this is a key partner. Secondly, is the City of Palo Alto, who generously donated park land and has provided staff to work with the Magical Friends. Beyond these, are the extensive and truly magical partnerships that we have formed with local foundations, corporations, MANY community donors and youth who have joined our vision of a world of inclusive play.

Challenges

Once the physical space of the Magical Bridge playground has been created, it is critical that opportunities for socially inclusive play are offered through creative, collaborative and on-going community programs. The possibilities to nurture kindness will be daily and infinite. The dream (AKA “challenge”) is to secure funding to stock Ada's café cart which will come through the park daily, buy stage props and costumes for all kids to act out some fun and to pay for the occasional children's performers for years to come. We can’t wait for REAL magic to happen when everyone feels included!

Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?

encouraging philanthropy, creating a safe space, developing emotional competency, building leadership skills, group play, storytelling, immersion, collective problem-solving, identifying shared values and differences, instilling courage, enabling action.

Target Age Group(s)

0-1.5, 1.5-3, 3-5, 6-12, 13-17, 18-35, 36-64, 65+.

Homeless GoPro

Homeless GoPro outfits homeless volunteers with high-definition personal cameras, which they use to capture the world as they see it. These videos ennoble the homeless autobiographers, provide invaluable insights for change-makers, and generate opportunities for interactions locally and globally.

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Building empathy through perspective.

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Year founded

2014

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Organization Country

United States, CA, Daly City

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, San Francisco

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Homeless GoPro outfits homeless volunteers with high-definition personal cameras, which they use to capture the world as they see it. These videos ennoble the homeless autobiographers, provide invaluable insights for change-makers, and generate opportunities for interactions locally and globally.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if society didn't define homeless people by their homelessness?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

There are indispensable service providers to house, feed, and clothe some of the 6500+ people living on the streets in San Francisco and Daly City. We focus on a different aspect of homelessness: the empathy divide between homeless people and society. This divide is damaging to motivation, mental health, and dignity. We would never be identified as “housed” people, yet homeless people are reduced to little more than what they currently lack.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We change the way homeless people see themselves and their possible opportunities in the world, by changing how other people see them. Homeless GoPro outfits homeless volunteers with GoPro cameras, which they use to capture the world as they see it. By outfitting homeless people with the tools they need to tell their stories, we remind them (and the rest of the community) that they have a story worth telling, just like anyone else. Furthermore, the content that is captured reveals more nuanced, complicated, and exquisite portraits of each wearer than previously imagined. In this way, we make homeless people more relatable to community leaders, residents, and service providers. We invert Maslow’s pyramid and start with empathy.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

On April 14th, 2014, we soft launched Homeless GoPro with a few short videos on our website. For Adam, our first homeless volunteer, the impact was immediate and profound: “the finances have increased a bit, but the humanity has increased a lot.” As Adam described it, "I feel like I have a purpose in life again. It's something I lost for a long time ... it’s made me want to better myself more." Adam’s story has reached millions and been featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, NBC News, PRI, and many others. But more endurably, hundreds of young people and shelters have signed up to bring this project to their communities; longer form content is being developed for public TV. For more in Adam’s own words: http://bit.ly/adamimpact.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Adam is one of many. Thus far, we have filmed 7 homeless “autobiographers” in SF and Boston, and expect to engage 8 more by the end of the year. Our autobiographers experience a renewed sense of purpose in a way that is not nurtured through the provision of services. As they develop a deep rapport with our videographers, they become more amenable to the idea of “coffee chats” with other residents. We anticipate 20 such lunches at Ike’s this year, many involving students and teachers — ⅕ of the 200 people who have signed up to get involved are currently in school. As we get to know each autobiographer in depth through multiple filmings, we have the potential to create a feedback loop for our partners on existent services and unmet needs. As such, one NYC-based housing expert said our work reflects “emerging best practices around homelessness.” For more on impact: http://bit.ly/HGimpact.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We will replicate our process for building empathy in cities that have a strong volunteer interest to start chapters. Our model: connect with local service providers, source homeless autobiographers, co-create meaningful videos, distribute the content broadly, and create opportunities for engagement online, offline, and through schools. We have formed a media and interaction company, NearShot, to produce longer-form content for public TV. We begin with homeless people and will expand to other misunderstood verticals, such as extremely attractive people. We believe in empathy for all.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Build a massive audience. We plan to grow viewers and interactions by following sustainable business models of media companies like Roadtrip Nation that bridge popular entertainment, educational content and engagement at scale. We will initially raise $20K through crowd-funding, apply for relevant grants and encourage donations. But we will generate revenue and sustain ourselves as a media company through network contracts and distribution deals.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are media companies that seek to inspire social change across mediums, such as Participant Media. There are advocacy campaigns that seek to right a wrong, such as Invisible Children. There are projects that focus on grassroots community building and responsible media in the Changemaker community. And there are creative studios that capture the digital zeitgeist of milennials, such as Portal A. But there are no media and interaction companies that build empathy through firsthand perspective, as we are doing at NearShot through our first project, Homeless GoPro.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Mark was my uncle. Mark was also homeless. He suffered from schizophrenia and spent 30 years on the streets. Last Thanksgiving, for the first time since he died, I visited his gravesite in Santa Cruz. My dad and Uncle David had chipped in for a plot of ground for Mark to call his own, lest he be forgotten. Poignant as this was, I wondered if there was a better way to commemorate Mark’s story by helping people still living on the streets tell theirs. GoPro cameras, with their wearable point-of-view lenses and too-cool-for-school reputation, were an instant fit in my mind for a project to foster empathy and inclusivity. GoPro donated a camera, my Facebook post outlining the project went viral, and, with a small team onboard, we hit “record.”

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Kevin (Executive Producer) left his job in EdTech 3 weeks ago to lead Homeless GoPro full-time with Erika (COO). The two are an ideal pair: his work as a social capital scholar and human-centered startup entrepreneur (5x) complements her background in strategy and execution. Adam (Creative Producer), Heather (Partnerships), Emily (Volunteers), 4 videographers, and top-notch advisors in public TV and design outfit us with the support we need.

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San Mateo, Other.

How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?

Homeless GoPro builds empathy through firsthand perspective. Russ, Jimbo, Jessica, and our other homeless “autobiographers” — homeless volunteers who wear the cameras — develop a greater sense of dignity through the capture and storytelling process; “that I’m not a piece of shit,” said Adam. The videographers — volunteers who provide on-site support during film sessions — are participant-observers who build impactful ties with the autobiographers. The videos are designed to foster engagement initiatives for young people online (e.g., tweet in a question to a homeless individual) and offline (see partnerships). A chapter-based model replicates this process elsewhere. An educational curricula for students will explore issues of inequality. An

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Need

Camera and production equipment and video editors.

Offer

We engage directly with this community and can help other organizations develop storytelling around their service recipients.

Tell us about your partnerships

We source our homeless autobiographers through our partners, while we help our partners better interact with the people they serve. Collaborations with the Coalition on Homelessness, PHC, Glide, Lava Mae, and ArtLifting have led to multiple film sessions. Viewers can donate to our autobiographers directly on HandUp and GoFundMe, or have lunch together through our “buy 1, give 1” program at Ike’s Place, the most popular sandwich restaurant in CA.

Challenges

The significant challenge for Homeless GoPro is one of design: if this project was just a lot of videos without opportunities for interaction, a sustainable delivery platform, or feedback loops, then we would desensitize our viewership and risk being voyeuristic and exploitative. We overcome this hurdle by viewing our videos as a means for impact rather than an ends. Additional risks include the safety and well-being of our homeless autobiographers and volunteers, which we mitigate by only filming in groups, sourcing homeless individuals through partner organizations, and always pre-screening.

Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?

encouraging philanthropy, creating a safe space, developing emotional competency, building leadership skills, storytelling, immersion, collective problem-solving, identifying shared values and differences, instilling courage, enabling action.

Target Age Group(s)

13-17, 18-35, 36-64.

Kedge Conservation

Kedge provides a combination of business education and conservation training to rural communities in East and Southern Africa. Our curriculum helps bridge critical skill gaps for rural entrepreneurs, providing alternative economic opportunities to poaching and environmental exploitation.

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2014

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United States, NC, Durham

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, The Maasai Communities of the Western Mara Ecosystem

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Kedge provides a combination of business education and conservation training to rural communities in East and Southern Africa. Our curriculum helps bridge critical skill gaps for rural entrepreneurs, providing alternative economic opportunities to poaching and environmental exploitation.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

a compact, high-quality business education was all that stood between rural African entrepreneurs and success in the global marketplace?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Over the last 50 years, the unparalleled biodiversity of East and Southern Africa has been decimated by poaching, resource abuse, and environmental exploitation.

This natural wealth could also be the key to better lives for rural people; small-scale sustainable businesses would help rebuild local economies.

But simple barriers slow local entrepreneurial growth: a lack of basic business skills, and a lack of opportunities to learn them.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Kedge vaults these obstacles by providing 3 to 6 week courses in conservation literacy and business education to rural communities in East and Southern Africa.

We work with local NGOs, corporations, and community leaders in high-impact biodiversity regions to bring our "miniature MBA" to groups of entrepreneurs who live beyond the reach of traditional schooling.

And crucially, we teach in an experiential, activity-based style that's tailored to the needs of rural adult students. We help students grow from ad hoc entrepreneurs to stable economic anchors for their communities -- and hope for the future of rural development.

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Lemayan is a young man living in a small town in rural Tanzania. Here and there, he sells his services as a car mechanic along the main road in the nearest town. Eventually, he finds some spare wood and builds a kiosk to advertise, but he doesn't keep a written account of his tools or money, and he's often surprised by the expense of running a shop. He also doesn't have a business plan or consistent customer base, and when the rainy season washes out the road, he goes without revenue for months. Lemayan joins our Kedge class and gets a quick introduction to what it really means to build a business from the ground up -- how to come up with a business plan, invest in useful advertising, retain customers, and plan for growth.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

We've trained 12 rural entrepreneurs in our first 3-week training, which took place in June 2014 in the small town of Kawai, Narok County, Kenya -- where residents live adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, one of the most valuable biodiversity regions in the world.

High demand for participation in our Kedge pilot led us to admit two additional students to our Kedge class, exceeding our original goal of 10 students. Of our 12 students, 4 were female (30%), 4 were already involved in conservation (30%), and 4 were owners of small local businesses (30%). All students completed the full 12 hrs of intensive training, and 3 students approached us, asking permission to self-organize a post-Kedge 'business support circle' to help keep skills sharp and accountability high.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our goal is to reach 100 entrepreneurs in 3 countries by 2017 (500 in 5+ countries by 2020), and we're well on our way. We've already planned our next training event to take place with 25 entrepreneurs over 4 weeks in Malawi in Spring 2015, and we hope for another 25 in Tanzania in the fall of 2015. If we can reach revenue sustainability and expand our teaching team, we'll be able to work even faster and better - and meet our goal of reaching at least one rural community in every country in Africa by 2030. Kedge could help stabilize small-scale businesses in rural communities all over Africa.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Kedge identifies and approaches rural entrepreneurs through the help of large economic entities (i.e. corporations & NGOs) who operate in our target regions. In exchange, we help these partners build better relationships with their communities.

This social responsibility consulting forms the basis of our primary revenue model, and we expect it to grow as we expand, our client base grows, and we receive more invitations to share our work.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

As more corporations shift from in-house social responsibility programs to contracted services, we expect demand for our work to continue to grow. To date, we haven't encountered any other companies engaged in social responsibility consulting in the rural areas that we target. And although there are many rural development programs operating throughout East and Southern Africa, none of them have a hybrid approach and our unique focus on sustainability+business. The nearest comparable effort is the African Capacity Building Foundation, a World-Bank sponsored, Zimbabwe-based non-profit.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

At a dinner party in Durham, NC in early 2012, I was lamenting to a local investor in rural development that the most distressing problem I'd witnessed in the Mara Region (where I conduct my dissertation research) was the lack of local entrepreneurial economy.

Rural communities ran small, unstable (essentially *ad hoc*) businesses, but utterly lacked the stability or longevity to aid in regional growth. I wondered out loud why no one did anything about such an evident and easy-to-solve problem -- what was everyone waiting for?

And as I was walking out of the dinner later that night, I had the sudden thought: What are *you* waiting for? Why don't *you* do something about it?

I launched Kedge the next day.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Kedge is a 4-person team (all part-time, unsalaried), with two members on the field team and two on the base team.

Our base team members, Emily and Courtney, help us research and write our curriculum, as well as manage Kedge partnerships and communication from our home "base" in the United States.

Our field team members, Alexandra and Joe, travel to Kedge sites to conduct our training, liaise with local partners, and mentor entrepreneurs.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our recipient groups are small-scale entrepreneurs (annual revenue <$10,000USD) in rural communities of East and Southern Africa -- people who are innovative, curious, and hungry for a little help with their businesses.

Our clients are local NGOs, corporations, or community groups, through whom we identify and engage target communities and recipients. For these clients, our value comes through the relationship-building work that we do to support their existing social responsibility goals.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

We've set a goal to reach 100 entrepreneurs in 3 countries by 2017, and finding the next stage of funding to support our growth will be the key to hitting that target.

The prize money would ensure we could cover our barrier expenses (airfare, classroom materials) and expand our teaching team (from 2 part-time to 5 full-time Kedge leaders) to meet the rapidly-growing demand for our help.

And publicity would help us to expand our network of sponsors, mentors, and supporters -- meaning more support resources (like guest lectures from national business leaders) for our Kedge participants.

Fundamentally, the prize/publicity would help us grow Kedge beautifully, rapidly scaling to more communities and more entrepreneurs in need.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Developing leadership at the interface of business and conservation has been an interest of mine since I was an undergraduate, spearheading the student-led institutional appeal for a Howard University Recycling Program.

After graduating, I built LushGreen Consulting, a sustainable design company, and as a graduate student, I've helped lead the growth of GoMarket, a sustainable agriculture startup in North Carolina.

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

no

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the labor of love project of Salinas Ca-a journey of our at-risk homeless community

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OK!! In a nutshell, I was homeless from January 1997 to  January 2005. The experience changed my life for good and for the good of others, Ive embraced this targetpopulation since September 2005 through winter weather Hot soups and Picnic Events in our parks with motivational speakers and inspirational music. Since I cameout of this homeless community, they already knew me and had already had a good name with the at-risk community. I have "personalized empathy"  Ive walked a mile

Planting Justice with Empathy

Planting Justice with Empathy is scaling up to plant permaculture food forests in East Palo Alto, employing formerly-incarcerated individuals in living wage jobs. Growing food through permaculture food forests provides nutrition, empowerment, and fun for local residents of East Palo Alto.

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Planting Justice with Empathy

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Re-Entry Green Jobs and Food Soveriegnty for East Palo Alto

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

2009

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

United States, CA, Oakland

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, East Palo Alto

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Planting Justice with Empathy is scaling up to plant permaculture food forests in East Palo Alto, employing formerly-incarcerated individuals in living wage jobs. Growing food through permaculture food forests provides nutrition, empowerment, and fun for local residents of East Palo Alto.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if locally-grown, healthy food forests became the basis for empathetic community?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

9 out of 10 Hispanic and African-American residents of East Palo Alto live in poverty. But money is not the only form of wealth -- walkable neighborhoods, healthy, loving, empathic families and friends are also forms of wealth! East Palo Alto has historically struggled with the neo-colonial legacy of patronization and neglect by surrounding communities. Lack of funds and fractured, disenfranchised business communities provide add'l. challenges.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Planting Justice through Empathy will change East Palo Alto through organizing community residents to replace lawns with food forests and grow profitable food businesses on formerly vacant lots. Working closely with other local organizations, Planting Justice through Empathy employs formerly-incarcerated individuals in living wage jobs, creating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities to "compost the empire" through local self-reliance and locally-grown, healthy food. Our "Transform Your Yard" program converts lawns to food gardens, our Education Program provides outreach and education through local schools, and our Street Canvass raises local and regional funding and provides additional education and opportunities for engagement.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our education programs will work closely with community-based organizations such as East Palo Alto Police Department's David Lewis Reentry Center. Street canvassers approach local residents and institutions, offering educational information and opportunities to convert lawns and lots to permaculture food forests. When local residents express interest, Planting Justice invites them to convert their lawns and vacant lots into permaculture food forests. Planting Justice provides sliding scale fees from full-payment to fully-subsidized "free" gardens for low-income residents. For every three full-paying clients, Planting Justice can install one free garden in East Palo Alto. Ashoka/Packard's support will support dozens more free gardens.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Planting Justice has installed over 250 gardens throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and has engaged more than 12,000 Bay Area community members in food justice education through our self-designed curriculum, in the last 5 years. Planting Justice maintains hundreds of raised beds at school gardens and community location, which have yielded 30,000 lbs of food harvested for residents at Keller Plaza; McClymonds and Fremont High School's communities in Oakland; 2 harvests donated by the incarcerated men at San Quentin State Prison's Garden; more than 51,750 conversations about food justice held by the Planting Justice canvassing team; more than 11,000 donors coming together to take back our food system! Our program has also served more than 1,260 community meals. Scaling up in East Palo Alto will yield similar results in San Mateo County.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

To scale up, Planting Justice has held preliminary conversations regarding starting a similar program in Santa Clara County, based on the Clean and Green landscape maintenance and gardening program at Santa Clara County's Elmwood Correctional Facility. These kinds of replication and scaling of Planting Justice's programs have already led to expansions in Alameda, Stanislaus, and Contra Costa County, and additional conversations in other states. The standardization and replication of our programs and curriculum will lead to national replication and emulation in other communities nationwide.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Transform Your Yard and the Street Canvass program are largely self-supporting. For every three full-paying clients, Planting Justice installs a garden for free for a low-income home or community center. The Street Canvass program educates thousands of people each month on the value of permaculture food forests, inviting them to become "sustainers" through monthly contributions of $7 or more. Add'l funding is from other fdns and govt. grants.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are no other organizations providing permaculture education or free/subsidized gardens to residents of East Palo Alto.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

In June, 2008, Haleh Zandi and Gavin Raders began the Backyard Food Project, the precursor to Planting Justice that built 40 permaculture gardens, 3 community gardens, 15 free workshops, and 5 community work parties. Inspired by these early successes, Gavin and Haleh aspired to employ formerly incarcerated people in living wage jobs planting gardens and educating at-risk youth and their families about the importance of healthy local food and the dangers of industrial and corporate domination of the urban food supply in under-served "food desert" neighborhoods. In March of 2009. Gavin and Haleh began working with the Insight Garden Program (IGP) at San Quentin State Prison, which led them to create living-wage jobs for graduates of IGP.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

The Planting Justice team consists of 22 full- and part-time staff members working on five programs:
"TRANSFORM YOUR YARD"
THE EDUCATION PROGRAM
STREET CANVASS
THE URBAN RESILIENCE FARM -- 5 acres in El Sobrante, northeast of San Francisco
AQUAPONICS GREENHOUSES provide a new model of urban farming.
All Planting Justice programs employ formerly incarcerated individuals

Planting Justice is led by a diverse board of 23 members.

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On which of the following California counties does your project focus its impact? (check all that apply):

San Mateo, Santa Clara.

How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?

By empowering formerly incarcerated people, at-risk youth, and their families to transform unused space in their communities into beautiful, healing, edible gardens, Planting Justice is ensuring that those most effected by inequitable access to good food and good jobs are designing and implementing tangible solutions to socio-economic and health inequality in East Palo Alto. Planting Justice provides young people and their families with chances to grow their own food, engage their friends, families, and neighborhoods in being part of the solution, and pursue careers in emerging sectors of urban sustainability and permaculture design. Working together to grow nourishing food for a community in need is empathy in action!

Needs/Offers

Need

Planting Justice with Empathy needs locations and volunteers to help plant and maintain food forests in East Palo Alto

Offer

Planting Justice with Empathy offers locally grown food for low-income residents of East Palo Alto beginning in spring of 2015.

Tell us about your partnerships

To scale up in San Mateo County, Planting Justice is partnering with East Palo Alto Police Dept.'s David Lewis Reentry Center to implement an effective, locally-controlled initiative to plant and maintain local permaculture food forests in East Palo Alto. With our shared commitment to employ formerly-incarcerated residents of East Palo Alto in local living-wage jobs, Planting Justice and the East Palo Alto Police Department are perfect partners.

Challenges

Start-up funding, maintaining diverse community partnerships, and identifying proper sites with sufficient community support are the primary challenges Planting Justice with Empathy expects to encounter in East Palo Alto. Because our Transform Your Yard and Street Canvass programs are nearly self-sustaining financially from the start, we anticipate that funding will not be a long-term challenge. Maintaining diverse community partnerships will be accomplished through culturally-sensitive outreach and engagement. We will identify proper sites and engage community support through partnerships.

Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?

encouraging philanthropy, creating a safe space, developing emotional competency, building leadership skills, group play, storytelling, immersion, collective problem-solving, identifying shared values and differences, instilling courage, enabling action.

Target Age Group(s)

13-17, 18-35, 36-64, 65+.

LACY Teen Mentorship Project

Legal Advocates for Children & Youth (LACY) matches severely at-risk teens with mentors who overcame similar challenges in their lives. Mentors activate empathy by being a stable, positive person in the teen’s life; helping them work through issues; and volunteering together in the community.

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Building Empathy through Peer Mentors and Community Service for At-Risk Youth

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2011

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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United States, CA, San Jose

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, San Jose

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Legal Advocates for Children & Youth (LACY) matches severely at-risk teens with mentors who overcame similar challenges in their lives. Mentors activate empathy by being a stable, positive person in the teen’s life; helping them work through issues; and volunteering together in the community.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if a legal firm could go beyond advocating for youth in the court system by matching them with successful mentors in the community who had overcome similar struggles?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Each year, LACY’s attorneys and social workers advocate for over 2,000 of Santa Clara County’s most troubled youth. Oftentimes, clients have faced abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, and homelessness. These youth usually are socially isolated and have a low sense of empathy and self-worth. Many are in the foster care or juvenile justice systems, while others are outside these systems and are facing similar challenges with few supports.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

As a nonprofit legal firm serving youth within the court system, LACY is uniquely positioned to reach teens that are facing extreme challenges and are not receiving the support services they need. LACY matches these teens with supportive young adult mentors (ages 18-24) who are former LACY clients. With similar backgrounds, the mentor and mentee have a basis for deeper understanding. The youth are able to see someone like themselves as a stable, successful adult. This positive, consistent role model helps build a sense of empathy, self-esteem, and broader perspectives. The work is then carried into the community where mentors and mentees work together on one or more service projects of their choosing.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

When 16-year-old B.C. began working with a LACY mentor she had been suspended from school multiple times and was on the verge of being kicked out of her group home. As a result of her time in foster care, it was difficult for B.C. to trust new people, but right away the LACY mentor was able to relate to B.C. on a variety of topics. In the following months, the mentor regularly met with B.C. and accompanied her to meetings where decisions on placement and education were made. The mentor encouraged B.C. to focus on making positive changes. Now, she is going to school daily, doing her chores, and passing all her classes. B.C. credits the mentor with helping to get her on the right track, both personally and academically.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

During the pilot phase, LACY served 16 foster youth who met with their mentors a combined total of 310 times. The mentors often accompanied the youth to important meetings concerning their education, placement, or transition to independent living. Additionally, the youth were trained in domestic violence prevention, as well as recognizing healthy relationships and modes of communication. The pilot demonstrated great potential to provide valuable emotional support for youth. Matching teens with young adults from a similar background was a particularly successful aspect.

LACY anticipates serving 20 youth. The youth and mentors will meet weekly for at least 6 months, and they will complete a community service project together during that time. At least 80% of mentors and youth will increase their cognitive and emotional empathy, as measured by the Davis Interpersonal Reactivity Index.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The project’s first level of spread would be within the organization, i.e. matching more of LACY’s clients with mentors. This expansion would take place within the next two years. The more extended spread strategy would be to help similar organizations in other geographic areas replicate the mentorship program by making our curriculum and a program report available to the public. The LACY staff are regularly invited to present at national and international conferences, and a successful program model could also be spread by presentations to colleagues at these conferences.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

LACY will seek additional funding from individual donors and corporate sponsors, such as law firms, to maintain and grow this work. Events such as the Annual LACY Honors Luncheon will be a primary means of fundraising for the program’s continuation. LACY is part of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and a portion of the organization’s core operating budget is allocated to support the project's ongoing staff and back-end office functions.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Regional government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

The Teen Mentorship project is unique in both the clients being served and the approach. As a legal organization, LACY has access to a population of youth most in need. LACY attorneys and social workers have already built a strong rapport with many youth, and the mentors are former LACY clients.

The difference between LACY and similar programs:
Big Brothers Big Sisters - Doesn't specifically target highest-risk youth.
CASA - Mentors rarely come from a background and demographic similar to their clients.
Fresh Life for Youth - Serves only juvenile justice involved youth.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Another law office in Santa Clara County had a successful mentoring program for parents, and the Santa Clara County Juvenile Dependency court turned to LACY to replicate this service for youth in the system, recognizing that a more holistic approach was needed to improve the youths’ long-term success. The idea had 3 unique components: 1) It would be housed in a law office, which afforded the project more confidentiality between the mentors and mentees, as well as access to legal and social work services if needed; 2) mentors would come from the same background as the youth, having gone through the system themselves; and 3) mentors would be close to mentees in age. The court partnered with LACY and won a grant to pilot the project.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

LACY will utilize the Law Foundation’s admin. Working directly on the project are:
Project Coordinators (P-T): Jennifer Kelleher, JD, LACY Directing Attorney; Nathan Thomas, MSW, LCSW, LACY Supervising Social Worker
Mentor Supervisors (P-T): Rita Duarte, MSW, LCSW, LACY Senior Social Worker; Nora Chung, MSW, LACY Senior Social Worker; Xochitl Munoz, MSW, LACY Social Worker; Hannah Toy, MSW, LACY Social Worker
Mentors (2 P-T): to be hired

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On which of the following California counties does your project focus its impact? (check all that apply):

Santa Clara.

How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?

Due to the traumatic childhood events, many LACY clients are lacking in empathy. This is both a survival mechanism and a result of never having experienced the kind of unconditional regard that allows one to develop a healthy sense of self-worth. If a person thinks that s/he is deserving of the violence she has experienced, than this distorted perspective makes it difficult to read other people’s emotions and respond appropriately.

Our mentors model empathy, so the youth can experience a sense of stability and acceptance. In addition, by choosing community service projects to participate in, youth will build their empathy skills, expand their connection to the community, and begin to see themselves as potential community leaders.

Needs/Offers

Need

2 volunteers from the community who have similar life experiences as our mentors and mentees to mentor our mentors.

Offer

LACY is willing to offer training to others in our community working with teens, in the area of youth law.

Tell us about your partnerships

LACY will extend its existing partnerships with these organizations to support the project:
Referrals: Santa Clara County Superior Court, Dept. of Family and Children Services, Juvenile Probation Dept.
Referrals & Mentor Training: Solutions to Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Intervention Collab., Fresh Life for Youth
Referrals & Mentee Resources: The HUB, Parents Helping Parents, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Community Solutions

Challenges

The mentors themselves are from similar backgrounds as the mentees. This is a unique strength of the project, but it is also a challenge, since the mentors are often still dealing with difficult issues in their lives. The project will address this challenge by providing weekly meetings for the mentors with a master’s level social worker who will provide support and training while modeling empathy (essentially mentoring the mentor).

Transportation was also a challenge for mentors during the pilot phase, so LACY will now provide stipends to mentors for gas money and bus passes.

Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?

encouraging philanthropy, creating a safe space, developing emotional competency, building leadership skills, identifying shared values and differences, instilling courage, enabling action.

Target Age Group(s)

6-12, 13-17, 18-35.

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love bears all things

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Year founded

2012

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Hybrid

Organization Country

United States, CA, salinas area

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, salinas

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

OK , THE PROBLEM: HOMELESSNESS IS RUNNING RAMPANT IN OUR COUNTRY DUE TO BAD LUCK, MENTAL ISSUES, LOSS OF JOBS,PRISON RELEASES AND THE LIST GOES ON. THE LABOR OF LOVE PROJECT OF SALINAS IS TACKLING THAT PROBLEM ONE PERSON, FAMILY AT A TIME THROUGH PARK ACTIVITIES AND MOTIVATIONAL EDUCATION CLASSES.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

the challenge- motivate at risk community- HOW?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

homelessnesS is a symptom of a greater internal need.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

helping people to heal from the inside out through community and Motivational education groups in a classroom setting

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

since starting the motivational education classes on May 20th people are securing jobs and seeking treatment, one at risk person said when she took 2 classes her whole outlook on life has changed !

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

When lolp is implemented in Monterey County There will be less homelessness .

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Who Knew serving soup on cold dark nights in blighted areas of Salinas would be a success story, who knew giving out cold lemonade , burritos and music on a hot day would lift the spirits of Salinas's transitionally challenged ? I was once in the same condition until someone gave me a hand up. I'm forever grateful- Gloria Jimenez

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Leonardo R Camargo-Board Member ,Volunteers-Dennis Beasley, Mr&Mrs Nieto , Barbara Muck and many of the at-risk community.

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On which of the following California counties does your project focus its impact? (check all that apply):

San Benito, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey.

How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?

KINDNESS TO OTHERS BUILDS EMPATHY AND GIVE SKILL TO YOUTH FOR A LIFETIME

Needs/Offers

Need

Offer

Tell us about your partnerships

I PARTNER WITH OTHER HOMELESS ADVOCATES IN OUR BEAUTIFUL SALINAS. JERI BOWLWARE, DORTHYS HOSPITALITY CENTER, AND VICTORY OUTREACH MENS AND WOMENS SPECIAL SERVICE HOMES OF SALINAS.

Challenges

THE MOST CHALLENGE I FIND IS TO CREATE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERISM, I WILL CONTINUE ANYWAYS UNTIL IT BECOMES REALITY.

Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?

creating a safe space, developing emotional competency, building leadership skills, group play, storytelling, collective problem-solving, identifying shared values and differences, instilling courage.

Target Age Group(s)

13-17, 18-35, 36-64, 65+.

Labor of Love Project

Homelessness is running rampant in our communities due to finances, mental issues, job loss, and prison releases. The Labor of Love Project of Salinas is tackling this problem 1 person at a time with motivational 8 week classes taught by empathetic mentors year-round.

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Micro-enterprises for the Physically Challenged persons for self Reliance in the District of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Guntur
India
16° 18' 42.3288" N, 80° 25' 57.3276" E

The physically challenged persons are socially and economically marginalized and the poorest .These unfortunate people are deprived of the basic necessities of life. The project is to assist 100 physically challenged persons. They find it hard to make living because of their disability. We propose to assist them to set up small business enterprises such as vegetable selling, provision, fruit shop etc. This willhelp them to earn a living and lead  a decent life enhancing their self confidence. 

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Social Equity through Inclusive Excellence & Empathy in Education

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

1996

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Hybrid

Organization Country

United States, CA, Seaside

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Salinas

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WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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San Benito, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey.

How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?

CHHS is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program focusing on integrated health and human services’ delivery systems and collaborative processes essential to the empowerment of individuals, families and diverse communities in the ongoing process of creating healthy communities. Through development of an understanding of how individuals, families, and communities empower themselves to work within and change systems, the program guides students in developing empathy for those they seek to serve, an understanding of how to work within and improve the design of more responsive and effective service delivery systems, and the skills to become leaders for sound public policies that create positive change in society.

Needs/Offers

Need

Visibility for this unique undergraduate program

Offer

Exposure for this innovative health and human services educational program

Tell us about your partnerships

CHHS has an active field-based internship program which partners with over 90 public agencies and nonprofit organizations in the health and human services fields throughout the tri-county region (Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito) including public health and social service agencies in each county as well as nonprofit organizations that provide support services in these fields where every CHHS student completes a 280-hour internship & capstone.

Challenges

The primary challenge for the CHHS program is visibility in the world of "siloed" public health, social work, public administration and nonprofit management higher education. Visibility requires funding for the additional work to promote the ideals and vision for this innovative program beyond the immediate region (which will bring added acknowledgement and credibility). Funding will allow us to create more visibility to promote the innovation this program brings to a new generation of health/human service professionals.

Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?

creating a safe space, developing emotional competency, building leadership skills, collective problem-solving, identifying shared values and differences, instilling courage, enabling action.

Target Age Group(s)

18-35.

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