Famous Women Social Entrepreneurs

Famous Women Social EntrepreneursThese famous women social entrepreneurs persisted through difficulty and hardships to make a difference in the world.

029, Mariana Costa, Laboratoria | The Power of Code to Change Girls’ Lives

Mariana Costa of Laboratoria has seen firsthand the power of code to change the life of a girl. When Mariana and her partners started a web development company in Lima, Peru, she quickly learned that good web developers are hard to come by. She also noticed that, of the candidates that applied for her open positions, very few of them were women. And, while there was a very high demand for web developers, there were also millions of young people who neither went to school nor worked, and of those, 70% were women. That means that, in Peru alone, there are nearly two million young women who are out of…

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029, Mariana Costa, Laboratoria | The Power of Code to Change Girls’ Lives

028, Marina Kim, Ashoka U | Every Campus a Changemaker

Colleges and Universities are complex cultures with deep thinkers and multiple stakeholders. Marina Kim, has had plenty of practice at working across complex cultural boundaries. She is the daughter of Korean and American parents. She was raised by a single mother. She spent her summers in Costa Rica, and then when she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to northern England. As an eighteen year old, she attended Stanford University in Palo Alto. All of these experiences prepared her perfectly for her current role as the co-founder of Ashoka U. Ashoka U takes an institutional change approach to impact the education of millions of students. They accomplish this through three…

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028, Marina Kim, Ashoka U | Every Campus a Changemaker

024, Tanyella Evans, Library For All | Feeding Great Minds in Low-Income Countries

Tanyella Evans grew up in the highlands of Scotland, which she describes as “the middle of nowhere.” At age 16 she received a scholarship to study at a United World College in Vancouver, BC, Canada. There she learned alongside two hundred students from eighty eight countries. At age 17, the United World College sponsored her on a one-year trip to Uganda as a volunteer teacher. There she saw the difference that an education can make to an eager mind. Globally, five of the six billion mobile phone subscribers live in the developing world. At the same time, 250 million children cannot read and write. Library for All is building a…

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024, Tanyella Evans, Library For All | Feeding Great Minds in Low-Income Countries

022, Sasha Fisher, Spark MicroGrants | Driving Change Through Empowerment

Where were you on September 11, 2001? If you were more than three years old at the time, there’s a good chance that you remember. Sasha Fisher grew up about five blocks from “ground zero.” At the time, Sasha was in middle school. This event caused Sasha to begin to think outside of her neighborhood, her city and even her country. She began to learn about people around the world who could not meet their most fundamental basic needs. As a college student, Sasha had a chance to visit South Sudan where she observed a disturbing pattern. Outside aide organizations had started many projects which were not sustained after the…

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022, Sasha Fisher, Spark MicroGrants | Driving Change Through Empowerment

019, Carrie Rich, Global Good Fund | The Surprising Power of Strangers to Do Good

Every now and then, life surprises you. People, even complete strangers, have the capacity for kindness and goodness. They can sometimes surprise you in unexpected and wonderful ways. Carrie Rich had one of those experiences, and, in a smaller way, I had one of those experiences when Carrie told me her story. Of all of the interviews that I have done, this one caught me off guard more than any other. In fact, you will hear at one point in the interview, I told Carrie, “You could push me over with a feather.” In this episode of Social Entrepreneur, Carrie tells the story of the Global Good Fund and how…

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019, Carrie Rich, Global Good Fund | The Surprising Power of Strangers to Do Good

016, Funlayo Alabi, Shea Radiance | Women’s Gold

You may have seen shea butter as an ingredient, especially in high-end beauty products. But did you know that in Africa, shea butter is called “women’s gold”? Funlayo Alabi and her husband share a common problem, dry skin. They have a son who had kidney problems, and he also had very dry skin. Their second son had a severe case of eczema. After trying several over the counter and prescription remedies, they found no relief. So, they thought back to their childhood in Nigeria and remembered their parents and grandparents using shea butter to remedy dry skin. Funlayo’s husband experimented with different formulations over a two-year period until they developed…

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015, Tonya Surman, Centre for Social Innovation | The Master Gardner

Tonya Surman is a master gardener of social innovation. Tonya’s journey began when she was four years-old. Her mother left and her father became the sole parent. Tonya, her father and sister struggled with poverty. She says “My father raised us on love and not food.” She points to this experience as the source of her resilience, strength and a need to create an impact. At the age of 19, Tonya left University and traveled the world. While she was living in a small hut on the Andaman Sea in Thailand, news arrived that a nearby village had been devastated by a mud slide. The primary contributing factor was deforestation….

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015, Tonya Surman, Centre for Social Innovation | The Master Gardner

011, Gayatri Datar, EarthEnable | Improving Health and Creating Jobs Through Flooring

When 19-year-old student Gayatri Datar went to bed on Christmas, in 2004, she did not know that the earth was going to shift, and with it, her plans for the rest of her life. Early in the morning, an underwater earthquake sent a massive tsunami along the countries bordering the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people in 14 countries. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Gayatri happened to be in India visiting relatives. She made her way to the coast and sought ways to help. When she arrived, she was moved by the suffering of the people and by the daunting work of the relief agencies….

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011, Gayatri Datar, EarthEnable | Improving Health and Creating Jobs Through Flooring

007, Isabel Medem, X-Runner Venture | Toilets as a Social Enterprise

In this interview leading to World Toilet Day on November 19, Isabel Medem talks about her work in hygienic sanitation in Lima, Peru. X-Runner Venture is a social enterprise that brings toilets to the residents of informal housing. Lima is the second driest capitals on earth. In the informal housing, many people resort to pit latrines which spread disease. Because the pit latrines are dug near the houses, they can cause the ground on which the houses are built to become unstable. Some people try to delay using the pit latrines, which can cause further health problems. After university, Isabel worked in microfinance in Africa. Later, when living in Berlin,…

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007, Isabel Medem, X-Runner Venture | Toilets as a Social Enterprise

004, Azalea Ayuningtyas, Du’Anyam | Economic Opportunities for Women

Du’Anyam provides women economic opportunity. They work with local women’s wicker weaving cooperatives. Du’Anyam markets these woven products to high-end hotels. The funds allow women to care for themselves during pregnancy with healthier foods and savings programs. As a graduate student at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, Azalea Ayuningtyas traveled to the slums of Mumbai to conduct research on sanitation. There, she was confronted by a woman who challenged her to push beyond research and to have a direct impact into the lives of others. After receiving her Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Azalea took a role in a prestigious consulting firm. Soon her days in a cubicle conducting market research…

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004, Azalea Ayuningtyas, Du’Anyam | Economic Opportunities for Women