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B1G1 Solar-Powered Lighting to Developing Nations Thru One Million Lights


Social entrepreneur Anna Sidana  is pioneering a B1G1 program for solar power through One Million Lights, a non-profit organization that offers fully rechargeable solar lighting and energy systems to citizens of developing countries. The mission of One Million Lights is to replace lanterns fueled by toxic kerosene so commonly used in the Third World with clean, safe non-electric lighting that is affordable and free of toxic fumes and materials. One Million Lights: Solving Fossil Fuel Burning Health and Safety Issues in Developing Countries In rural areas of developing nations, families

Social Entrepreneurs of Embrace Advocate for Infant Health


Embrace, created in part by Jane Chen, offers health care workers in developing countries access to low-cost, non-electric neonatal incubators. These affordable and innovative infant warmers provide the highest standard of care to premature infants, thereby decreasing the risk of infant death in rural areas of developing nations, but are much more affordable. They’re a perfect solution for regions where finances and lack of electricity often impede health care efforts. Embrace: Solving Neonatal Health Issues with Low-Energy Incubators Before the invention of the Embrace incubator,

Back to the Roots Green Entrepreneurs Recycle Coffee Grounds, Grow Eco Mushrooms


Back to the Roots, an eco-friendly, for-profit organization, turns ordinary coffee grounds into succulent gourmet mushrooms. Created by two UC Berkeley alumni, Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora, this unique mushroom-growing company’s green entrepreneurs have pioneered social change by developing a growing process that is totally planet-friendly and sustainable. Back to the Roots: Recycling Waste, Generating Sustainable Food By converting a waste stream into a thriving, eco-friendly business, Back to the Roots showcases a clever new business model that reduces the amount of garbage

Aganza Design Social Entrepreneur Offers B1G1 Lighting to the World’s Poor


In developing countries, clean, affordable lighting is difficult to come by, due to lack of electricity. To make a difference, Aganza Design’s innovative and forward-thinking CEO, Lesley Silverthorn Marincola, spearheaded the creation of lighting devices that aren’t powered electrically. These ingenious devices allow people in developing nations to enjoy bright light that runs on eco-friendly solar energy. How Aganza Design is Solving Health and Energy Issues in the Third World Currently, in order to get the lighting that they need, many poor communities are often forced to inhale

Deflated Soccer Balls a Thing of the Past – Social Enterprise One World Futbol


Soccer is a well-loved sport and a popular way to entertain children and bring communities together. But conventional soccer balls succumb to overuse, weather, and vandalism, leaving children living in poverty without and adding unnecessary waste to landfills. While many fashion their own futbols, these rarely do the trick. The One World Futbol Project founded by social entrepreneur Tim Jahnigen aims to make soccer much more accessible and sustainable by providing an innovative soccer ball that is basically indestructible. And with their buy-one-give-one program, consumers can benefit their