While the potential industrial market for natural fibers in India is $ 3.7 million, it has so far been leveraged only as raw material for subsistence use and a local and restrictive handicrafts market. By building supportive infrastructure and eco-systems for the growth of the natural fiber industry, Sanvar is unlocking the value of natural fibers for the first time in India to significantly boost farmer incomes.
Shaun Loney is using economic solutions based in the creation of local environmentally-friendly economies to bring employment and prosperity to Aboriginal peoples in Canada. He is targeting and engaging those most vulnerable to unemployment and supporting them to establish green solutions to pressing community problems. This win-win strategy is saving energy, bringing jobs and prosperity to the disadvantaged areas and empowering the Aboriginal community to become experts in the most cutting-edge energy-saving technologies.
Recognizing that sustainable marine resource management hinges on the economic survival of small-scale fishers, Wichoksak Ronnarongpairee is creating Thailand’s first market for sustainably captured seafood, owned and operated by fishing communities by, simultaneously, creating a national awareness and consumes demand for healthy marine food.
Over the last decade, Desire has turned the traditional activity of beekeeping into a modern, vibrant, environmentally sound, and profitable industry that provides rural populations with a new level of economic potential. From this initial, hard-won success, Desire is bringing his comprehensive approach to modernizing other local industries.
Christian is incentivizing the first global community of leading editors-in-chief to focus on solutions in the media, versus the traditional focus on failures and problems. By facilitating large scale content sharing, he is giving agency to major media players to systematically increase the frequency with which the masses are in contact with solutions-based stories, which in turn inspires and generates citizen changemakers.
For over twenty years, Andrea Coleman has focused on solving a seemingly simple, key component of rural healthcare delivery: on-the-ground transportation. Through a series of partnerships with government institutions, Andrea has designed new ways of bringing health workers to where patients are, built local expertise and supply chains for transport and maintenance, and dramatically improved healthcare reliability. Her work is driving transport up the government agenda in Africa and beyond, removing a crucial barrier for effective development as a whole.
Peter Bloom is democratizing communication technologies by using a government-owned mobile frequency to guarantee communication rights in isolated communities. He employs an innovative technological model that is low cost, foments local economic development, and is regulated by the communities themselves. Peter is thus spearheading a movement for rural communities to own their own telecom services, within the limits of the law, in a sustainable way.
Preeda Limnontakul, a disabled businessman, is creating an inclusive business environment for people with disabilities to perform mainstream jobs as competitive equals. Through effective professional training programs and innovative uses of ICT tools, he enables people with various disabilities to perform non-traditional jobs with dignity while bringing substantial profits to themselves and business owners. Preeda’s work is enabling both employers and people with disabilities to recognize their full potential.