Jose Manuel is providing families from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in Chile access to quality, more environmentally friendly, staple groceries at a low cost and just steps from their homes. By building networks of local vendors, he is creating the channels to revive not only local grocery stores but also the very social fabric of these failing communities.
Christophe Dunand has changed the way the Swiss social sector operates - making it more collaborative, bottom-up and oriented toward changemaking. He has introduced a nation-wide approach to connect some of the most excluded people (long-term unemployed and socially disenfranchised persons) to the labor market by addressing the challenges created by the Swiss government’s highly local regulation and control, demonstrating the power of innovation and experimentation to address social challenges, and building multi-sector networks across traditional siloes.
By financing the supply chain and mitigating risks in new ways, Hardika is creating new architecture to lend to the millions of small and medium enterprises without collaterals or credit history. She is providing enterprises with the critical support that has a huge multiplier effect of moving them up the value chain and to attain full economic citizenship.
Ahmad Edilbi is introducing a new way to empower, integrate and build social capital in scattered, immigrant populations that have been affected by a political crisis or natural disaster. Using diaspora networks, he enables refugees to play an active and productive role, thus changing their status from helplessness to independence and promoting positive perceptions of refugees.
In a situation where the prevailing attitudes of young people are to wait for family connections, charity or government actions and with no existing culture of entrepreneurship, Asma is introducing a cultural shift in which young people take solving social problems in their own hands. She is breeding a new field through creating an enabling environment supportive for social enterprises.
Ralf Sange is pioneering the movement of supporting people over age 50 to become entrepreneurs with economically sustainable models and is activating their creative potential for solving social problems. In doing so, he targets the root of both concrete age discrimination against older entrepreneurs and the general view that citizens in their “Third Age” have little to contribute to society.
Millions of people living in remote areas do not have access to electricity and clean water. On the other hand, simple, technology based solutions exist but are not reaching the people in far-flung communities. Ewa Wojkowska has created distribution systems in order for people in remote areas to have access to life-changing technology in Indonesia and other parts of the world.
Mary is empowering rural communities to better their physical, psychological, and financial health. By using an integrative development model with a focus on female empowerment, the organization employs scientific research to promote the consumption and supply of local products. Mary is using amaranth, a plant endemic to Mexico with high nutritional content, to join these elements together in a holistic and innovative initiative.