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Social entrepreneurs

We work with people who use entrepreneurship as a way to create social change. Together, we aim to enable a more equal and inclusive society, where everyone has the opportunity and capability to provide for themselves and their families.

We work with people who use entrepreneurship as a way to create social change. Together, we aim to enable a more equal and inclusive society, where everyone has the opportunity and capability to provide for themselves and their families.

What is a social entrepreneur?

A social entrepreneur is a person who uses business as a way to solve social challenges, such as reducing poverty and empowering women. He or she has an objective to make a social impact rather than just to make a profit, and operate by providing goods and services in an entrepreneurial and innovative fashion. They are visionaries that work at all levels – from creating change in local communities to influence the way social issues are addressed globally.
Fernando Assad and housing project
Social Entrepreneur stories

Improving families’ living conditions in Brazil

One of the social entrepreneurs we collaborate with is Fernando Assad from Brazil. Through his organisation Programa Vivenda, he provides affordable and easy-to-install home improvement kits to mitigate the unsafe housing situation in Brazil’s favelas. Around 40 million people in Brazil live in houses that pose health risks.

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Programmes

    • Allison Silva
      Fundacion Empreender Futuro

      Allison increases the ability for vulnerable people to improve their social status by democratizing access to business information and services.
    • Dan Drescoll
      Anou

      Dan has created Anou, a community of artisans working together to reshape Morocco's artisan economy so that it works for them rather than against them.
    • Daniel Kerber
      More Than Shelters

      Daniel prototypes dignified living concepts for refugees, bridging crucial stages of their journeys.
    • Fernando Assad
      Programa Vivenda

      Fernando develops affordable renovation kits that fix the issues that most impact health in the favelas in Brazil.
    • John John
      Grassroot Tea Corporation

      John is creating a new model for small tea growers to organize themselves, manufacture and sell tea to markets directly while influencing policy.
    • Liisa Smits
      Ignitia

      Liisa provides farmers in Ghana with climate data sets that allow them to increase their yield and efficiency by timing planting, cultivating, and harvesting.
    • Nani Zulminarni
      PEKKA

      Nani is reversing the pattern of discrimination against women in Indonesia by educating and enabling them to provide for their families.
    • Neelkanth Mishra
      Center for Aquatic Livelihood -Jaljeevika

      By helping farmers see the economic opportunity in cooperating, Neelkanth has reached 50 000 farmers and successfully integrated in-land fisheries in six states' livelihood programs.
    • Scott Stiles
      Fair Employment Agency

      Scott shifts domestic worker agency models to one that erases fees to workers and re-aligns incentives at each link along the recruitment chain in Hong Kong and the Philippines. 
    • Suraiya Haque
      Phulki

      Suraiya has developed self-sustaining models for workplace-based care centers at factories and offices, enabling economic emancipation for women in Bangladesh.
    • Wietse van der Werf
      Sea Ranger Service

      Wietse combines empowerment of unemployed youths and re-integration of navy veterans to provide a solution to the monitoring of marine protected areas.
     
  • Access Bangladesh Foundation

    Access Bangladesh Foundation

    Working to ensure that persons with disabilities in Bangladesh are included in all aspects of development planning in the country.
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    Futuro Forestal

    Futuro Forestal

    Reforestation projects to build permanent, biodiverse, and profitable forests and motivating other land users to plant forests.
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    Hecho X Nosotros

    Hecho X Nosotros

    Fostering a sustainable fashion movement in Argentina.
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    Chid Liberty

    Impact Transformation Fund

    Pioneering ethical manufacturing in Africa.
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    Alice Freitas

    Rede Asta

    Reduction of Brazilian social inequality through the empowerment of women artisans.
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    Mitt Liv

    Mitt Liv

    Working with diversity and inclusion within the Swedish the labour-market to make sure everyone gets the chance they deserve.
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    Next Step

    Next Step

    Making manufactured housing a practical, sustainable solution in the US.
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    NIDAN

    NIDAN

    Giving India's urban poor access to financial services, technology and solicit business.
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    NUUP

    NUUP

    Improving the livelihoods of smallholder producers in Mexico.
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    Fredric Bardeau

    SIMPLON.CO

    Developing new mechanisms of social inclusion and full citizenship for at-risk populations in France.
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    Upwardly Global

    Upwardly Global

    Working to eliminate employment barriers for skilled  immigrants and refugees in the US.
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    Women Farmers Advancement Network

    Women Farmers Advancement Network

    Improving and promoting the economic, social and  political empowerment of rural women and youth in Nigeria, specifically in the agricultural sector.
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    ÉCHALE 

    ÉCHALE is an affordable housing social enterprise that helps people living in poverty to become owners of their own homes.
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    Fondation Mozaïk

    Fondation Mozaïk accelerates economic inclusion by reducing employment discrimination.
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    Ahsan Rony

    Green Savers

    Green Savers provide support in establishing and promoting different types of gardening in Dhaka city.
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    Melissa Malzkuhn

    Motion Light Lab

    Motion Light Lab creates learning experiences for deaf children and all visual learners.
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    Hozzain

    SDI Academy

    SDI Academy offers literacy training to migrants and refugees and promotes upward socio-economic mobility.
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    Maria Almazan

    Smart Green Industry

    Smart Green Industry strives to transform the textile value chain to be fair and more sustainable.
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    Dominika Szacillo

    Uwaga Smiecairka Jedzi

    A social enterprise that promotes circularity and provides an open community where second-hand items can be exchanged and upcycling and recycling is encouraged.
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    Hugo

    SPEAK

    SPEAK promotes the organic emergence of inclusive communities where locals, migrants, and refugees meet to share their culture and develop meaningful bonds.
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    Silvia Ziller

    The Horus Institute for Environmental Conservation and Development

    Develops alternatives for environmental conservation and integrates these into economic and social development processes.
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    BS Nagesh

    TRRAIN

    TRRAIN is a non-profit organization that provides training and upskilling to marginalized groups in India with little to no access to the job market.
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  • Alive and Kicking

    Alive and Kicking

    Produces soccer balls in Kenya providing employment, improved health and behavior to marginalized groups.
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    Aqua Clara

    Aqua Clara Kenya

    Leveraging networks to increase awareness of WASH practices and adoption of water filters.
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    Asante Mama

    Asante Mama

    Links farmers to markets through aggregation and contract farming. 
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    BeMistre

    BeMistre

    Home decor and furniture products from recycled and organic raw materials led by women and youth. 
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    Enlight Institute

    Enlight Institute

    Recruitment, training and coaching for the youth to access employment in the solar industry.  
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    ENZI

    ENZI

    High-end shoe production & sales supporting workforce development and employee livelihood in Ethiopia.
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    Felek Notebooks

    Produces and sells notebooks, donating supplies to rural schools and supporting education in Ethiopia. 
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    Greenface Trading

    Green Face Trading

    Traced organic honey and beeswax producer.  
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    Imani Collective

    Imani Collective

    Home accessories made using natural raw materials and traditional techniques.
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    Industree Ethiopia

    Industree Ethiopia

    Enables fabrics and apparel sourcing from Ethiopian producer-owned enterprises.  
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    Kidame Mart

    Kidame Mart

    Creates opportunities for rural women to earn income by selling fast-moving goods in their communities.  
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    Nuru Social Enterprises

    Nuru Social Enterprises

    Produces and sells Nuru Yogurt, supporting Kenyan smallholder farmers to enhance milk production. 
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    RefuSHE Artisan Collective

    RefuSHE Artisan Collective

    Leverages consumer preferences to provide a source of income for young refugee women.  
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    Resonate

    Resonate

    Provides leadership training to women and youth, enabling them to achieve their potential. 
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    Tibeb Leather Works

    Tibeb Leather Works

    Leather products that empower single mothers in Ethiopia.  
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    TruLuv Granola

    TruLuv Granola

    Artisanal, on-the-go, natural granola snacks.  
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    Upcycle Africa

    Upcycle Africa

    Improving livelihoods and tackling the plastic waste crisis in Uganda by building homes and changing mindsets.  
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    UZURI K&Y

    UZURI K&Y

    African inspired shoe brand and manufacturer in Rwanda. 
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    VIjana Corps

    Vijana Corps

    Creating tools, platforms, and opportunities for the most marginalized youth in Uganda. 
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  • Agro Supply

    Agro Supply

    A mobile layaway platform that enables farmers to save for agricultural inputs seeds, fertilizer, and training using their mobile phones. 
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    Ecobora

    Ecobora

    A clean, affordable solar cookstove that is used by rural schools and reduces indoor pollution while conserving forests.
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    era92 Creative

    Works with businesses worldwide on digital and media development projects of which the profits are used to upskill youth in Uganda with digital skills.
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    GreenPot

    GreenPot Enterprises

    Bamboo business with interests in large scale nurseries, plantations, and an out-grower programme with small scale farmers.
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    Hidota

    Hidota Farmer's

    A farmers' organization owned by smallholder farmers with as its main goal to improve the economic and social status of farmers.
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    Jaguza

    Jaguza Tech

    Ag-tech company that aims to transform the livestock farming sector by solving major problems plaguing this sector.
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    Mukura

    Mukuru Clean Stoves

    Mukuru Clean Stoves designs manufacture and distributes improved efficient and reliable cookstoves. 
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    PayWay

    PayWay Ethiopia

    PayWay Ethiopia is an e-payment service to provide banking and payment services to rural, unbanked populations.
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    Smartfoods

    Smart Foods

    Smart Foods invests in new nutritious and healthy products from soybeans, coconuts and other cereals and legumes.
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    Solerchill

    Solerchill Technologies

    Solar-powered cold chain technologies to help farmers, vendors and restaurant owners safely preserve their unsold food.
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    TAI, The Accessibility Institute

    Producer of low cost, high-quality Assistive Technology devices, changing the lives of low-income mobility-impaired people in Kenya and Africa.
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    Vava

    Vava Coffee

    A social enterprise that has a network of coffee producers in different regions of East Africa. Vava Coffee exports, roasts and consults on coffee value chains. 
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    Wimrob

    WimRob

    Working with smallholder farmers that provide the raw materials to process and sell certified honey.
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    Zima

    ZIMA

    ZIMA creates horticultural products from the pumpkin fruit that offer both nutritional and medicinal value in Rwanda and neighbouring countries.
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    Agrosolidaria

    Agrosolidaria produces agricultural and cosmetic products made from sustainably cultivated Amazonia plants.
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    Bendito Residuo

    Bendito Residuo collects trash from Chilean companies and households and transports sorted waste to corresponding valuation facilities. 
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    cafecompadre

    Café Compadre

    Empowers coffee farmers in the central Peruvian jungle by providing them with solar-powered technology to roast and sell their beans.
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    Ecocitex

    Ecocitex sells 100% recycled textile products through more than 250 women-led businesses across Chile.
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    Empanacombi

    Trains and provides people with disabilities with quality jobs in gastronomy.
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    Fresh & Co.

    Fresh & Co. is a grocery e-commerce enterprise founded in Chile that is committed to increasing earnings for small-scale farmers.
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    Incluyeme

    Incluyeme is a social enterprise that connects people with disabilities to job openings at corporations to build inclusive and equitable workplaces.
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    MakeItReal

    Offers students affordable online bootcamps in full-stack software development.
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    Maré de Sabores

    Maré de Sabores is dedicated to helping women in the Mare region build their financial independence providing them with training, work experience, and job opportunities in the food industry.
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    NG seeds

    NG-SEEDs

    NG-Seeds produces, processes and commercializes lupine and its byproducts, for both animal feed and human consumption.
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    PesCo.

    PesCo. connects seafood lovers directly to artisanal fishing communities in Peru.
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    Pixed

    PIXED

    PIXED is a social enterprise that specializes in the development of low cost, high-quality medical technologies for children and adults with disabilities.
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    Pomario

    Pomario was founded to transform the way that people consume vegetables.  The enterprise sells organic produce, sourced from smallholder farmers and its greenhouses to Colombian families, retailers, and high-end restaurants.
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    Café Local

    Café Local eliminates the intermediary organisation between small coffee farmers and their potential buyers allowing them to obtain fairer prices and improve the living and working conditions.
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    ÉCHALE 

    ÉCHALE is an affordable housing social enterprise that helps people living in poverty to become owners of their own homes.
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    Hipocampus Lourdes-Germn

    Hipocampus Centros de Aprendizaje 

    Hipocampus work with companies to  offer on-site day-care where the children of the organisation's employees can receive a quality education. 
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    Homely 

    Homely wants to give domestic workers a safe, steady, and fair job by connecting them with clients and backing them up to ensure good working conditions.
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    Ilumexico

    Iluméxico 

    Iluméxico's goal is to provide affordable electrical services to marginalised communities using solar energy.
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    INTRARE 

    INTRARE facilitate the integration of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Mexico’s capital city.
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    Isla Urbana

    Isla Urbana’s rainwater harvesting solution is an environmentally, social, and economic sustainable system that collects and cleans rainwater for households, schools and health clinics.
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    Pixza 

    Pixza is a social empowerment platform and helps to fight homelessness in Mexico City through their blue corn pizza restaurants.
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    Sistema.bio 

    Sistema.Bio links technology and financial opportunities so farmers can improve infrastructure and capacity with their biodigesters to transform waste into renewable energy and natural fertilizers.
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    TEKITI

    TEKITI

    TEKITI links artisans and large corporations interested in working together. They also design and craft tailor-made products that honour their traditional techniques.
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    Abeja Reyna

    Preserves bees and takes care of people through consumer products based on organic honey
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    BanQu

    BanQu uses blockchain technology to promote the financial empowerment of local producers in global supply chains
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    Valerie

    Básicos de Mexico

    Timeless textiles that guarantees decent conditions for garment producers and low environmental impact
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    Gibran Leonardo Cervantes Covarrubias

    Bios Comunidad Sustentable

    Purchases coffee from smallholder farmers across Mexico, paying decent prices for their product
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    Griyum

    Griyum supports local cricket farmers by commercializing sustainable protein for foods of the future
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    Kip Tik

    Kip Tik innovates in traditional craftmanship to create better daily lives for Mexico’s indigenous communities
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    Recicla Electrónicos México (REMSA)

    Provides management system for electronic waste making sure these products get a second life
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    SmartFish

    SmartFish

    SmartFish offers sustainable marine products to consumers while providing better daily lives for fishermen
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    Tierra

    Tierra de Monte

    Tierra de Monte creates eco-friendly solutions to increase crop productivity while promoting sustainable agriculture among smallholder farmers
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    Toroto

    Toroto

    Toroto fights poverty among rural communities by helping companies become carbon-neutral
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    Xiliat

    Xilinat

    Creating income and a cleaner environment for smallholder farmers by transforming waste into a healthy sweetener
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    Aguilas en el Maguey

    Águilas en el Maguey is a cooperative society founded by ten Zapotec women which grows quality Mezcal Agave (tequila) plants with minimal environmental impact.
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    Alternativa Agrícola Suchixtepec 

    Alternativa Agrícola Suchixtepec is an integrated organic farm, dedicated to the farming and local sale of rabbits.
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    Emprendedoras de Tierra Blanca

    Emprendedoras de Tierra Blanca is a group made of Zapotec women that produces organic vanilla and agroforestry systems for coffee.
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    Goocafé

    A cooperative made up of ten Zapotec women. They are located in the community of Los Naranjos Esquipulas, where vanilla is grown in shaded coffee plantations.
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    Guitani

    Guitani is an organisation of five Zapotec farmers. They organically grow fruit trees such as apples, peaches and pears.
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    Los Macuiles Copalita

    Los Macuiles Copalita is a comprehensive organic farm, dedicated to forest yields of dry and gallery forests species.
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    Mbis Bin Semilla Para La Siembra

    A non-profit organisation that produces and sells organic inputs for farmers in the Copalita River Basin.
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    Nayé

    Nayé is a handmade beauty product enterprise founded by indigenous Zapotec. Nayé conducts and promotes environmental conservation of resources in the upper part of the Copalita River Basin.
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    Teenta Yareen

    A cooperative society of ten Zapotec women that produces organic avocados through environmentally friendly agricultural methods.
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    Unión San Pedro

    Unión San Pedro para la Agricultura Sostenible 100 Sombras is an organic cooperative society dedicated to green bean and speciality coffee production.
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    Yin Bey

    Yin Bey is a company of Zapotec women from the municipality of San Miguel Suchixtepec, who produce organic Z mushrooms.
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    Yu Naban

    Yu Naban is a group of youth volunteers committed to promoting the conservation of primary life sources in the community of San Miguel Suchixtepec.
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    Zasolidarias

    A community conservation enterprise founded by ten Zapotec women. Zasolidarias grows vanilla using eco-friendly methods.
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