Thomas Vaassen: Unlocking the value of land for Ghanaian farmers

Thomas Vaassen: Unlocking the value of land for Ghanaian farmers

Land is a precious commodity, and land ownership holds significant value in all parts of the world. In Ghana, land is not only viewed as a monetary asset. Land holds more personal value and Ghanaians view it as part of their heritage and culture. They feel that their land is a piece of them, something they will pass down from generation to generation. With this strong attachment to land, land rights are a very sensitive and pertinent issue. But in Ghana, owning land and having proof of land ownership do not necessarily go hand in hand. This is where Thomas and his company Landmapp offer a unique service: mapping land and providing official land tenure documentation to smallholder farmers.

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Gayatri Datar: Improving health and living conditions in Rwanda, one floor at a time

Gayatri Datar: Improving health and living conditions in Rwanda, one floor at a time

Imagine having to clean a dirt floor. I ask myself, is that even possible? Dirt is inherently dirty, so how can it be cleaned? Well, 80% of Rwandans face this challenge every day. To tackle this issue, Gayatri (Gaya) Datar is providing clean, durable, earthen floors to low-income Rwandans through her social enterprise start-up, EarthEnable.

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Katarina Stensson: A global vision for children’s education

Katarina Stensson: A global vision for children’s education

Though not an education professional by trade, Sweden native Katarina Stensson is passionate about the education and nonprofit sectors. So when she heard about the Global Learning XPRIZE Competition, she was immediately interested in entering. Following the competition’s guidelines, Katarina began developing an open source, interactive, educational application. The app enables children to learn basic literacy and numeracy skills outside the traditional classroom environment.\]

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Salima Visram: Empowering Kenyan students using solar energy

Salima Visram: Empowering Kenyan students using solar energy

Salima Visram grew up in Kenya, right beside a village where 22,000 people live below the poverty line. Throughout her childhood, Salima worked on projects supporting her community, spending a great deal of time in schools and with youth. As she grew older, she became driven to find a way to help alleviate poverty and break down the barriers to education.

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Kuhan Pathy: The Food Truck for Malaysia’s Homeless

Kuhan Pathy: The Food Truck for Malaysia’s Homeless

Over the last five years, the food truck industry has become a global phenomenon. Malaysia is one country at the forefront of this trend, especially in the nation’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.

However, when you think “food truck” you probably don’t think “charitable” or “social impact.” But what if eating from a food truck also helped to give back to society? Well, Masala Wheels does exactly that. Launched in October of 2015 as Malaysia’s first social enterprise food truck, Masala Wheels sells affordable, flavorful, Indian food and uses 100% of their net profits to feed the homeless.

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