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: Burkina Faso
Field of Work: Economic Development

Jocelyne Kompaore seeks to take advantage of recent advances in technology to develop a new way to systematize and disseminate knowledge across rural Africa. Through her work in Burkina Faso, Jocelyne has successfully enabled rural communities to develop their own training materials and distribute information to both improve their own conditions as well as expand the...

Country: Burkina Faso
Field of Work: Human Rights

Lea Zongo's (Burkina Faso 1995) organization is the first to target the promotion of the rights of young girls in Burkina Faso. By concentrating on runaway girls fleeing forced early marriages, Lea is raising consciousness among girls and among parents about the rights of girls and women. By doing so, she is helping to reconcile the differences that often arise between...