Fellows by Category

Organization: Terra Nova

André has created an innovative mediation process that peaceably resolves land conflicts in major Brazilian cities, while also promoting local development and empowering low-income communities. Terra Nova’s actions produce reasonably prompt resolutions of longstanding conflicts and satisfy all parties involved: squatters can finally acquire formal titles for the land they live on, landowners...

Organization: PHYSIS-Centro de Crescimento Integral

Edinéa Alcântara is a civil engineer who helps low-income residents plan and build public works projects. While acquiring job skills, residents learn how to use local materials to improve both urban spaces and the environment in their community.

Organization: Instituto Sertão

Oscar Arruda has devised a strategy for enabling farmers in Brazil's semi-arid northeast to exploit an abundant local plant as an alternative crop that provides economic self-sufficiency in an otherwise depressed local economy.

Organization: Azzi Institute

Marcos Flávio Azzi is creating a philanthropic culture in Brazil by introducing new management and educational mechanisms that encourage sound social investments. Marcos Flávio is bringing wealthy individuals to define their social causes, invest in them strategically and sustainably, and strengthen the citizen sector as a result.

Organization: BNI

Starting at Brazil’s most prestigious business school, Felipe Bannitz has launched a nationwide initiative to integrate university resources into the social sector, providing financial and technical assistance to microentrepreneurs through the first “junior bank.”

Organization: Entrepreneurs Alliance

Rodrigo Brito created the Entrepreneurs Alliance to develop, together with small businesses, infrastructure and quality services to increase income and profit in low-income communities that are normally excluded from the market. The Alliance facilitates a support network with businessmen, students, free-lancers, corporations, and the government, to assure the sustainability of small business...

Organization: Espaço Cubo

Pablo Capilé has created a model for a successful professional livelihood in music, art, and other cultural arenas based on collaboration and collective work as a viable alternative to the often-false hope of individual fame and fortune.

Organization: Instituto Maniva

By bringing Brazil’s traditional foods like cassava back to life in top culinary markets, Teresa Corção is helping both small farmers and the country’s health. 

Through the “Banco Palmas” (a People’s Bank), Joaquim is pioneering a community-based economic system by identifying and developing the assets of his community.

Organization: IDEAAS-Inst para o Des. de Energ. Alternat e da Auto Sust

Fabio Rosa is working to bring electrical energy and community development to impoverished rural areas.

In the big cities of Brazil, thousands of social outcasts live in grinding poverty in the slums. In a country where traditional “machismo” gender roles still exert a powerful influence, young women, especially, are trapped without any way to get an education, hold a job, or better their situation. Even worse, women’s status as second-class citizens means that many of these women suffer from...

José Dias is empowering small farmers in Northeastern Brazil to collectively manage and appropriate resources for drought-resistant technologies. His model aims to break the dependence of small-scale farmers on government support by providing them with sufficient autonomy to invest in new infrastructure and appropriate technology as they see fit.

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