Ashoka Sahel Fellows

Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who we recognize to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

Country: Guinea-Bissau
Field of Work: Health

Isabel De Almeida is the leading nutritionist in Guinea-Bissau. Her goal is to establish a nutrition "museum" to address malnutrition and related health problems, matters of widespread concern in her country. Isabel's ambition is to develop a creative space to research food and nutrition issues, to develop imaginative ways of informing and educating the...

Country: Burkina Faso
Field of Work: Economic Development

Guilla Gifty is facilitating small farming families to become more self-aware by guiding them to create a “Balance Sheet of Personal Competencies,” an exercise for farmers to reflect on their families and businesses and become more effective. In addition to developing this exercise, Guilla gathers farmers to share ideas and support, thus helping them create more...

Country: Ivory Coast
Field of Work: Environment

Hilaire Gome is combining traditional environmental practices, reconstituted as uniquely effective modern policies, and a massive campaign of environmental awareness aimed at young people to spearhead Cote d'Ivoire's environmental movement.

Country: Senegal
Field of Work: Health

Ndèye Dagué Guèye Dièye is empowering physically disabled women in Senegal to integrate themselves into society by improving medical awareness and teaching them appropriate job skills that will allow them to restore their dignity and gain respect.

Country: Gambia
Field of Work: Human Rights

By training human rights organizations to use the monitoring and enforcement procedures made possible by the African Charter, Ashoka Fellow Alpha Fall and Julia increase the influence and efficacy of international human rights law.

Country: Burkina Faso
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

André-Eugène Ilboudo is building a nonpartisan citizen movement that is opening up a new political space in Burkina Faso that reflects the democratic expression of ordinary citizens and stands in deliberate contrast to the state, political parties and dominant special interest groups.

Country: Gambia
Field of Work: Learning/Education

Badara Jobe has developed a grassroots, farmer-to-farmer approach to sustainable agriculture that builds capacity and self-reliance to confront the climate changes characteristic of the Gambia and surrounding countries in West Africa. His approach, which encourages farmers to use innovative farming techniques as well as to be creative problem-solvers, is being...

Country: Gambia
Field of Work: Learning/Education

Fatou Bin Jobe is establishing after-school learning centers to provide affordable remedial education to Gambia's children. Faced with a chronically under-funded public education system and extremely high dropout rates, Fatou is reshaping education for low-income children and providing them with alternative sources of curiosity and motivation.

Country: Burkina Faso
Field of Work: Health

Simon Kabore empowers society to promote patients’ rights and dignified healthcare. To accomplish this change, he educates the public about their health rights, builds coalitions to lobby the government for improved health policies, and builds a citizen-based system to ensure healthcare accountability. 

Country: Burkina Faso
Field of Work: Environment

Kardiatou Kabore founded the Association of Women Foresters of Burkina (AMIFOB), a citizen association of professional women foresters with the aim of protecting the biodiversity of trees, reducing desertification, and helping struggling women maximize the environmental and economic value of their vegetable gardens.