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: Senegal
Field of Work: Human Rights

Ciré Kane has developed an innovative model that provides personal support to help cultivate young leaders, with the hope that their success will serve as an example to their peers. His goal is to bring together a critical mass of diverse young people that are all committed to improve their society in innovative and entrepreneurial ways.

Country: Mali
Field of Work: Economic Development

Moussa Kane is providing entrepreneurs in West Africa's giant informal economy with incentives and training to move into the formal sector. By raising awareness of the disadvantages of the informal economy and securing credit and management training for informal-sector entrepreneurs, Moussa is creating a model for broad social change.

Country: Mali
Field of Work: Economic Development

Dalia Keita is improving the social status of repatriated women by focusing on innovative solutions that involve farming and especially processing of farming products. The idea rests on a fundamental insight that repatriated women bring back with them new knowledge about making a product that they have learned in the time they were away from Mali – usually knowledge...

Country: Mali
Field of Work: Economic Development

Alou Keita is reviving economically stagnant rural communities through a village banking system that provides a savings and loan scheme for villagers and an avenue for migrant workers living abroad to transfer money home.

Country: Mali
Field of Work: Learning/Education

Maria Keita is reinventing adult basic education as a means not only to "transfer skills" but also to affirm indigenous knowledge and the oral tradition.

Country: Burkina Faso
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Georgette teaches Burkinabe how to obtain official papers such as identity cards, marriage licenses, and birth certificates and works with local authorities to improve public access to these documents.

Country: Burkina Faso
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Prosper Kompaoré (Burkina Faso 1997) is professionalizing social intervention theater in the Sahel-West Africa region and Africa more broadly. A poet, playwright, and professor of theater and drama, Prosper is demonstrating the power of theater to enhance economic, social, cultural, and technical development.

Country: Mali
Field of Work: Human Rights

Souadou Diabaté Koné is helping root out gender discrimination by guiding and coaching adolescent girls to take charge of their own concerns, develop confidence in themselves, and establish their own representative structures.

Country: Ivory Coast
Field of Work: Health

Jeanne Kouamé is an Ivoirian woman setting up and strengthening local mutual aid associations of people living with AIDS throughout West Africa in anticipation of the multiplying downstream consequences of the disease, such as the care of "AIDS orphans."

Country: Gambia
Field of Work: Environment

Yusupha Kujabi is helping rural Gambians use solar technology to process and preserve food in an effort to improve their diets, incomes, and standard of living. In doing so, he is replacing fossil fuel-based technologies with clean sources of energy and reducing damaging pollution.