The winners of the 2018 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year Award are outstanding leaders bringing solutions for social and environmental challenges ranging from children education and human rights to disaster relief and financial inclusion.
Among them Urvashi Sahni, with her Study Hall Education Foundation in India, an organization which runs a network of 500,000 children, 5,000 government and 900 government schools for the education of girls, disabled and rural children outside the formal school system.
Other positive example is Zoona created by Mike Quinn, a technology platform and network of franchises that provide accessible financial services in Zambia and Malawi, with 2 million consumers, 3,000 agents and more than $25 million raised in investment.
In USA Zack Rosenburg, with the SBP organization reduces the time between disaster and recovery by ensuring that citizens and communities have access to the information and supporting them after a disaster occurs. It rebuilds homes in an average of 61 days, at 40% of the cost of market-rate contractors, and has rebuilt 1,420 houses to-date.
We can finally mention Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan with her project Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI), which helped to create more resilient and peaceful communities in the drought- and conflict-prone region of Kenya through advocacy, education, conflict resolution, and the promotion of decent livelihoods, reaching more than 10,000 young people and 14,700 households.