Social Entrepreneur from Rwanda Wins Prestigious Ashoka Fellowship

October 10, 2012

NAIROBI, KENYA Julie Carney of Kigali, Rwanda, has been selected by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public as a member of its global fellowship of leading social entrepreneurs. 

Julie Carney tackles the problem of chronic malnutrition in Rwanda by leveraging synergies between two sectors that have traditionally operated independently of each other—agriculture and healthcare. Her organization, Gardens for Health, is helping to equip health centers so that that they are able to provide, in addition to supplementary food aid for treatment of malnutrition, holistic education, agricultural extension services, seeds and livestock to families affected by malnutrition, and in effect, is empowering families to be part of the solution. 

“When mothers—who traditionally have the responsibility of deciding what food their families’ eat—are empowered with the right resources and knowledge, we can reduce malnutrition in a sustainable manner,” Julie said. 

In a country where more than 44% of children under the age of five are afflicted by the endemic problem of chronic malnutrition, Julie’s long-term, community-led solution has the potential to transform thousands of lives. 

“We are very encouraged by Julie Carney`s innovative model and we believe that this idea, in Julie`s hands, is really going to spread throughout East Africa,” said Salim Mohamed, Ashoka’s Representative for East Africa.  

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


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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