Ashoka Southern Africa Fellows

Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who we recognize to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Human Rights

Charles Maisel has provided South African men with a method for preventing violence against women, in a nation that has the highest rate of violence against women of any country not at war.

Country: Zimbabwe
Field of Work: Learning/Education

Betty Makoni is building a new generation of strong, active women citizens. In Zimbabwean society, girls are discriminated against, often abused, and given limited opportunities for expression and development. Through her Girl Child Network, Betty creates safe spaces for girls to grow and connect with each other. Betty uses advocacy campaigns, media projects, and works...

Country: Mozambique
Field of Work: Learning/Education

In rural Mozambique schools are almost non-existent, having been destroyed in the country’s civil war. Agostinho Mamade is rebuilding and staffing these schools, and getting the support of formerly apathetic parents by appealing to their desire to see their children become upstanding, productive adults.

Country: Zimbabwe
Field of Work: Economic Development

Inspired by the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Esinet founded the Zimbabwe Women Finance Trust, the first micro-credit institution in Zimbabwe to use group lending. As a result of her work, Esinet has played a leading role in a host of international endeavors addressing women's issues.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development

In 2006, Lillian Masebenza launched Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Networks, which adapts traditional community structures to create a trusted platform for income-generation for women and youth in South Africa. She provides business training, skills-development, and mentorship to groups that previously focused exclusively on saving for special occasions, fostering...

Country: Zimbabwe
Field of Work: Economic Development

Zepheniah Phiri Maseko has pioneered the concept of "water planting" for farmers in southern Zimbabwe and he has taken his ideas and approach across Zimbabwe and into neighboring African countries, including Zambia, Uganda, and Malawi.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Health

Paul Matthew is providing prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted and other infectious diseases to mobile workers and related communities through roadside wellness centers and mobile clinics positioned strategically along major transport corridors in Africa.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development

Hudson McComb is helping South Africa's troubled civil-sector organizations gain vital management and planning skills that will reduce their dependence on foreign donors and increase their likelihood of achieving long-term sustainability.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Health

Shona McDonald is addressing the challenges of children with mobile disabilities who live in peri-urban and rural areas of South Africa with an approach that puts postural education on the agenda of community-based clinical services, along with a range of tailor-made mobility products that can be assembled and maintained even in conditions with limited resources....

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Environment

Mandla Mentoor is encouraging environmental awareness and restoring pride and possibility to communities in South Africa by involving city residents–especially young people–in urban restoration projects.