Social Entrepreneur from Kenya Wins Prestigious Global Fellowship

October 11, 2012

NAIROBI, KENYA – Jane Weru of Nairobi, Kenya, has been selected by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public as a member of its global fellowship of leading social entrepreneurs. 

Jane is organizing slum dwellers and formalizing their efforts to prevent eviction, upgrade slum infrastructure, and improve living conditions. She has created a network that supports these efforts by providing technical expertise and assistance with regard to land tenure and eviction negotiations; savings and credit management; construction design and planning; and mapping and enumeration. Some of the tools created by this network have gone on to be used by the government in other projects. Jane is also unlocking creative financial solutions to finance these community-led slum upgrading initiatives as well as disproving the commonly-held belief that slum dwellers are risky debtors.

Simon Stumpf, Ashoka’s Representative for East Africa, said, “We are very encouraged by Jane Weru`s innovative model and we believe that this idea, in Jane`s hands, will continue empowering this population of the slums dwellers, which constitutes about 71% of the population living in the urban areas of Kenya.”

Jane Weru now joins 50 other Ashoka Fellows from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda elected since 2001 and more than 3,000 Ashoka Fellows globally. 

 About Ashoka

Ashoka is the world's leading network of social entrepreneurs – extraordinary changemakers, who find new solutions to social problems; like Muhammad Yunus, who pioneered the microfinance sector. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka supports social entrepreneurs with stipends, professional support, and/or access to its large network of global peers. Ashoka has to date elected and supported more than 3,000 social entrepreneurs in 70 countries. For more information, please visit www.ashoka.org