Ashoka East Africa Fellows

Country: Kenya
Field of Work: Economic Development
Our experience is that any family, however poor, miserable, and hopeless, is capable of getting themselves out of poverty. Ingrid Munro strengthens and utilises all the skills, determination and hard work of the people of Kenya to build a better nation through better families.
Country: Kenya
Field of Work: Economic Development
Girls in East Africa who can’t afford sanitary products are forced to miss school and many end up dropping out altogether. Dr. Moses Musaazi is reducing the rate of absenteeism among school girls in poor urban and rural communities by increasing access to affordable sanitary pads. Working with engineering students in Kenya, Moses developed a way to manufacture sanitary pads locally and out of abundantly available natural materials. In addition to providing local employment and a local solution, he is effectively protecting young girls from indignity and social exclusion and helping them stay where they want to be: in school.
Country: Uganda
Field of Work: Learning/Education
By creating an alternative training approach that casts grassroots innovators rather than traditional academics in the role of teacher, Mwalimu Musheshe is changing what it means to be a social development professional.
Country: Uganda
Field of Work: Learning/Education
Irene is challenging the traditional educational system in Uganda by creating a new learning environment where young people are encouraged to think and act like entrepreneurs. Through her youth-led and community supported clubs, Ugandan youth get the opportunities to be creative, demonstrate initiative, and approach learning in new ways.
Country: Kenya
Field of Work: Economic Development
James Nguo is providing an integrated solution to improving the quality of life in rural East Africa by establishing a network of knowledge hubs which serve to increase access to agro-information for farmers, increase the capacity of extension workers in supporting farmers, and create employment opportunities for rural youth.   
Country: Kenya
Field of Work: Human Rights
CREAW is committed to transforming society and achieving for women, a just and dignified environment, in which their relation with men is equal, and their rights and freedoms are respected and realized.
Country: Uganda
Field of Work: Learning/Education
Rita Nkemba has created an “interim education” initiative to enable street children to develop the math, literacy, and social skills needed for them to return to and succeed in the mainstream educational system. She is working towards approval from the Ministry of Education to introduce her program in public schools throughout in Uganda.
Country: Kenya
Field of Work: Economic Development
Ndiga Nyaga has developed an initiative that brings electricity to underserved rural populations in Kenya. By empowering communities to come together and invest in the construction and operation of local hydroelectric power plants and distribution networks, Nyaga is helping increase the quality of life as well as productivity of individuals living in rural areas.
Country: Uganda
Field of Work: Human Rights
Father Paul Okoth is curbing domestic abuse by implementing a series of male-focused psychological, social, and economic interventions that go beyond traditional and largely ineffective punitive measures. His men’s clubs are already playing a significant role in protecting women and reconciling families, reducing domestic violence, and promoting economic development.
Country: Kenya
Field of Work: Human Rights
Starting in Kenya’s urban slums, Stella is building diverse networks of support for young unwed mothers, to keep them healthy, educated, and integrated into society.