YSEI Fellows 2007
The Youth Social Enterprise Initiative is pleased to announce the results for its inaugural Emergence Fellowship for 2007.
Salah Uddin Ahmad, XayanIT, Dhaka , Bangladesh
XayanIT works with skilled but underprivileged youth interested in careers in the information and communications technologies (ICT) field. It coordinates Human Resource Development (HRD) which uses relevant ICT training, certifications, internships, R&D projects, and field work to develop students into skilled and employable individuals.
XayanIT is built upon providing employment to skilled youth as entry level employees for providing its web/software products and services. In its initial phases, XayanIT is focused on creating localized educational turnkey solutions for the education sector and web design and development for domestic and international clients.
Marielle Punzalan Nadal, Idea!s, Muntilupa City, Philippines
Idea!s is a communications consultancy that empowers non-profits by utilizing information and communication technologies (ICT) as the most effective tool for advocacy and fundraising activities.
Based in the Philippines , it organizes workshops for communicators, putting them in touch with new, cost-effective and efficient communications tools and methods, and training them on specific communications skills, particularly those related to digital campaigns. It also s upports these partner communicators and their respective institutions with appropriate and cost-efficient ICT-enabled communications solutions through the aid of technical and creative expertise.
SOLS 24 - Dili, Timor Leste
Founded in 2000 in Cambodia , SOLS 24/7 offers a comprehensive two year training and boarding program on life-skills education for youth from disadvantaged families. The curriculum is comprised of delivering academic skills (English, business & entrepreneurship), leadership & character building skills and lessons on social consciousness.
The program consists of a 4 stage (6 month each) process based on a proven model in Cambodia (Formerly known as LCDI, largest non formal providers in Cambodia 22 province centers). SOLS currently plans to scale-up its program into East Timor .The Youth Social Enterprise Initiative is pleased to announce the results for its inaugural Emergence Fellowship for 2006. Emergence Fellows are recognized as emerging young social entrepreneurs equipped with fresh and innovative ideas to solve global challenges.
Brinda Ayer, School and Community Horticulture Enterprise, Bangalore , India
The School and Community Horticulture Enterprise aims to supplement the national mid-day meal scheme with an appropriate level of vegetable nutrition to improve overall school enrolment and child health in India .
The national mid-day meal scheme which was initiated to improve school enrolment and child health has only been partially successful. Brinda's program to provide nutritional supplements would be generated via horticulture in poly-houses (green-house) and kitchen gardens placed in selected schools.
A poly-house is a naturally ventilated and low cost green house made of polyethylene sheets with roof top rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation system where crops can be grown in a controlled, pest free and scientifically monitored environment.
Audrey Codera. Youth Entrepreneurship Multi-purpose Cooperative (YEMC). Pasig City , Philippines
YEMC is a micro-finance institution that incubates grassroots youth in setting up and maintaining their business to develop economically independent and socially aware youth entrepreneurs through microfinance leveraging on ICT for a virtual catalogue for marketing of grassroots youth and creating and sharing of research and entrepreneur guidebook.
YEMC sustains itself through the minimum interest rates and processing fees charged to grassroots youth entrepreneurs. It has a system whereby monitoring and mentorship are done frequently to ensure grassroots youth maximize their financial potential and develop community-consciousness. It provides uncollateralized loans to sustainable business plans relying mostly on youth volunteers.
Saurav Kumar, Community Friendly Movement, New Delhi , India
By leveraging on technology and the power of retail, CFM seeks to create wealth for its primary stakeholders-artisan communities at the bottom of the supply chain, by creating a market for quality handmade products at competitive prices.
In the current retail model, products where the cost is $1 are sold to consumers at prices that range from $5 to $7. CFM will price its products for its customers at $2.5-3.5 and encourage them to use some portion of the money they save to improve artisan lives. Starting with 10 artisan communities in India and sales of USD 60,000, in 5 years time CFM strives to improve the lives of 5000 communities globally by selling up to USD 500 million of merchandise.
Md. Faisal Islam, Padma Khulna , Bangladesh
Padma is social development organization in the south west region of Bangladesh that aims to provide marginalized farming communities with access to an agricultural knowledge management system to improve their livelihoods. The system would provide innovative knowledge and global best-practices to the local farmers in an understandable local language.
The system would also enable the farming communities to establish better resource management, access relevant information, and market their produce. As a result, farmers at the grassroots would be able to form links with national and global expertise while emphasizing local development needs.
Emergence Fellows are recognized as emerging young social entrepreneurs equipped with fresh and innovative ideas to solve global challenges. YSEI was founded in 2005 as a Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) multi-stakeholder partnership program between its members - Thai Rural Net (TRN), Mitra & OrphanIT.
The cofounders and management of YSEI include Sunit Shrestha (Executive Director, TRN), Rahul Nainwal , (Director, Mitra), Simon Healy (CEO, OrphanIT) and Sailendra Dev Appanah (TRN Partner).
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