On 2nd December 2014 WomenChangeMakers announced the inauguration of three previous Prêmio Empreendedor Social awardees as Honarary WomenChangeMaker Fellows . This was the 10th year celebration of the prestigious Prêmio Empreendedor Social (Social Entrepreneur Award), run by The Schwab Foundation in partnership with Folha do São Paulo, Brazil’s most influential newspaper, and, a major actor in social innovation, is considered Latin America’s most significant recognition of social and environmental entrepreneurship.
Here is a sneak peek on the profiles of the Fellows:
Marianne Costa co-founded a tourism consulting firm and three years later a social business to improve the handicraft generation and market access for women artisans, and heads of households in Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais. Three years after this, the two ventures merged to form Raízes Desenvolvimento Sustentável a social enterprise combining ethical tourism and volunteering with handicraft production and livelihood development.
Raquel da Silva Barros of Lua Nova developed a successful model for the social integration of street girls who are pregnant or have small children, using motherhood as a positive turning point in their lives. The young women are hosted in the Lua Nova community with their children and are offered therapy, drug rehabilitation and taught healthy parenting. The program also offers training and employment opportunities in catering, construction, sewing and silkscreen.
Carlos Zuma’s Instituto Noos offers people and judicial courts a more constructive remedy to cases of domestic violence. Zuma, a trained family psychologist, used his hands-on experiences to open channel for judges to refer male, and female, abusers, to six-month rehabilitation courses that are showing promising results.
Carlos is creating a way for families, judges, and psychologists to collaborate in constructively addressing the epidemic problem of family violence in Brazil.
Looking forward for a fruitful association for the coming years, the three new Honorary Fellows who will receive the opportunity to travel to one learning event in the Americas and gain access to the WomenChangeMakers professional network of social entrepreneurs and corporate and consultant partners.
The WomenChangeMakers Fellowship is a program of The Womanity Foundation and supports the growth and development of social entrepreneurs in India and Brazil. The Womanity Foundation is registered in Switzerland, the UK and the USA (via the King Beaudoin Foundation USA), it was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation.
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More information about the Social Entrepreneur Award
The newspaper Folha de São Paulo leads the selection process for the Social Entrepreneur Award, together with the Schwab Foundation, which serves as a advisor in the process. The Folha’s Future Social Entrepreneur Award was launched exclusively by Folha in 2009, and follows international parameters to reward initiatives – such as the creation of a social product, service or technological application – that require visibility and training to increase their impact during the critical early stages.
Website with instructions and form for applications: folha.com.br/empreendedorsocial
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