Fellows by Category

Organization: Adhikar

Mohammad Amin of India's Orissa State is creating economic self-help cooperatives supported by an alternative banking system that caters to the urban and rural poor who lack land or other assets.

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Rashida Begum's difficult early life motivated her to help the virtually powerless women of India improve their economic and social status.

A firm believer in the participatory approach to service management systems, Ashok Bharti is founding community-based cooperatives as an alternative distribution mechanism for electricity to reach India’s slum dwellers.

Organization: Mulberry

Rakhee Choudhury is teaching Assamese women the skills they need to revitalize weaving–a vital part of their cultural heritage–and to convert traditional skills into forward-looking, income-earning activities.

Organization: Institute for Rural Credit and Enterprise Development

Kiran Kulkarani (1999) is introducing a model grain bank that adapts to rural cultural modes and empowers rural communities to address their food security issues through indigenous solutions. By placing food distribution responsibilities on primary agricultural producers, Kiran aims to spread his idea as a new response to the growing hunger crisis in the country ---- an area where government...

Organization: Stree Mukti Sanghatana

Almost 85 percent of ragpickers in the city of Mumbai are women who belong to the Dalit landless laborers community, the lowest caste in the caste system. Jyoti Mhapsekar organizes women who survive by ragpicking at city dumps into viable cooperatives, helps them win competitive contracts for waste-sorting and collection, and enables them to achieve economic independence and gain self-respect...

Organization: LEARN

This profile is dedicated to the memory of Nitin More, founder of LEARN Mahila Kamgar Sangathana. It is his passion, integrity, and vision that have changed how thousands of women think not what they cannot do, but of what they can, and the contribution they will each make to society. We celebrate his life with respect and admiration.
Through a unique women worker s union Nitin More is...

Recognizing the positive role women can play in reducing gun violence, Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram is pioneering the micro-disarmament movement in India by involving and empowering women most affected by violence. 

Rana Sengupta works with cooperatives of stone quarry workers to create innovative systems that give them ownership of mining activities. This not only helps to protect their rights and their environment, but to also gain access to safety, welfare, and social security provisions. In doing so Rana is addressing the three pillars of sustainable development: Environmental protection, social...

Organization: NIDAN

Secure access to markets can bring many of the world’s informal workers out of poverty. Arbind Singh gives urban poor access to markets through large people-owned and managed institutions—large enough to influence policy and be legitimate competitors in a globalizing market. By initiating worker cooperatives like the National Alliance of Street Vendors, Arbind has created a bridge for the...

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