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New Fellows join the Echoing Green Fellowship class of 2022

Announced in October 2022, these 20 Echoing Green Fellows are innovating for our collective future.

Echoing Green supports next-generation social innovators with bold ideas for tackling the world’s most urgent challenges. Selected from a global pool of nearly 1,300 applicants, these leaders join 18 Fellows announced in April to round out the 2022 Echoing Green Fellowship class.

Working in more than ten countries across five continents, these Fellows bring fresh ideas and approaches to advancing justice in their community. Fellows are launching and growing enterprises that include the first-ever organization to open access to fully-accredited legal degrees and careers for incarcerated people in the U.S.; an organization reinventing the agricultural market and landscape for rural women farmers in the Caribbean; and a social enterprise equipping conflict-affected communities in the Middle East with skills to secure employment and financial stability.

Echoing Green’s Fellowship program, now in its 35th year, has funded nearly 1,000 Fellows, most of whom still work in the social impact field today. Amid cascading global crises, our Fellow community is developing world-class solutions to level the economic playing field, mitigate the impacts of climate disaster, and dismantle structural racism. Accelerating the growth and impact of social entrepreneurs like Echoing Green Fellows is critical for building a world where everyone can thrive.

Read on to learn about these Fellows working in Australia, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, Saint Lucia, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, and the United States.

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Meet the newest Fellows

Rebecca Aime

Rebecca Aime

Founder & CEO, Patapia

Bold Idea: Promote sustainable livelihoods for refugee women in Uganda by equipping them with skills, business resources, and financing to start and grow their own businesses.

Learn more about Rebecca


Racquel Bonner

Racquel Bonner

Founder, Fit To Navigate

Bold Idea: Combat recidivism rates and secure financial stability for incarcerated women and mothers by equipping them with employable skills through a national wellness certification program.

Learn more about Racquel


Keithlin Caroo

Keithlin Caroo

Founder & Executive Director, Helen’s Daughters

Bold Idea: Advance economic justice for rural women in the Caribbean by supporting women farmers to engage in sustainable agribusiness and removing market barriers

Learn more about Keithlin


Elizer Darris

Elizer Darris

Co-Founder, Legal Revolution

Bold Idea: Revolutionize the American legal field by creating a first-ever, replicable model that opens access to legal degrees and careers for currently and formerly incarcerated people across the U.S.

Learn more about Elizer

Funded with support from the Allstate Foundation


Terron Ferguson

Terron Ferguson

Founder & CEO, YANCY

Bold Idea: Narrow the racial wealth gap in Miami for small and medium-sized Black-owned businesses through succession planning, employee ownership, and access to greater financial equity.

Learn more about Terron

Funded with support from the Citi Foundation


Armen Henderson

Armen Henderson

Founder, Dade County Street Response

Bold Idea: Provide culturally competent health care, medical outreach, and disaster relief for Black and Brown communities in Miami-Dade County by organizing and educating medical professionals.

Learn more about Armen

Funded with support from the Walmart Foundation


Neo Hutiri

Neo Hutiri

Founder, Pelebox

Bold Idea: Establish inclusive, affordable, and high-quality health care for Black patients across southern Africa by introducing innovative technologies that increase access to chronic medication.

Learn more about Neo


Bernadette Lim

Bernadette Lim

Founder & Executive Director, Freedom Community Clinic

Bold Idea: Transform health and healing for Black, Brown, and immigrant communities by integrating ancestral, holistic healing and Western medicine practices and cultivating the next generation of Black and Brown community healers.

Learn more about Bernadette

Funded with support from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Sheila Maddali

Sheila Maddali

Co-Founder & Executive Director, National Legal Advocacy Network

Bold Idea: Foster the growth of the low-wage worker movement by identifying and implementing legal strategies that build worker power, educate on workers’ rights, and mobilize lawyers in support of working-class people of color and their organizations.

Learn more about Sheila

Funded with support from the World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund


Namakula Alicia Mbalire

Namakula Alicia Mbalire

Co-Founder, Women Income Network

Bold Idea: Increase the household income of rural women in Uganda while developing a regional bio-waste management system by training and equipping women to become maggot farmers.

Learn more about Namakula


Sarah Medina Camiscoli

Sarah Medina Camiscoli

Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Peer Defense Project

Bold Idea: Dismantle systemic racism in New York City schools, courts, and government by designing legal tools, fostering legal networks, and increasing legal knowledge with grassroots youth organizers.

Learn more about Sarah

Funded with support from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Donte Miller

Donte Miller

Founder & Executive Director, Village Micro Fund

Bold Idea: Create economic opportunities for Black and Brown communities in Atlanta, Georgia, by building inclusive cooperative investing models that connect local Black and Brown entrepreneurs with investors.

Learn more about Donte

Funded with support from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Marq Mitchell

Marq Mitchell

Founder & Lead Strategist, Chainless Change, Inc.

Bold Idea: Improve the lives of systems-impacted individuals in South Florida through peer support, advocating for alternatives to incarceration, and equipping them with the tools needed to dismantle the prison industrial complex.

Learn more about Marq

Funded with support from the Jerome L. Green Foundation


Ciro Muiruri

Ciro Muiruri

Founder & CEO, Pendo International Projects

Bold Idea: Break cycles of poverty in Kenya for children in low-income rural communities by increasing access to high-quality and affordable early childhood education.

Learn more about Ciro


Khaled Shaaban

Khaled Shaaban

Founder & Executive Director, Subul Impact Outsourcing

Bold Idea: Enhance the quality of life and local economy of conflict-affected communities in the Middle East by providing professional skills training and access to work in the international digital labor market.

Learn more about Khaled


Ruha Shadab

Ruha Shadab

Founder, Led By Foundation

Bold Idea: Eliminate patriarchal barriers and religious discrimination faced by Muslim women in India by increasing their financial independence through culturally appropriate employment training.

Learn more about Ruha


Heather Skanes

Heather Skanes

Founder, Oasis Family Birthing Center

Bold Idea: Reduce poor maternal health outcomes for low-income women and birthing people of color in Alabama by increasing access to comprehensive midwifery care.

Learn more about Heather


Kaveto Tjatjara

Kaveto Tjatjara

Founder & CEO, Flushh

Bold Idea: Improve public health conditions in the Kavango East Region, Namibia, by building a circular sanitation solution that transforms human waste into eco-friendly waste and creates jobs for landless people.

Learn more about Kaveto


Jason Wee

Jason Wee

Co-Founder, Architects of Diversity (Persatuan Pendidikan Diversiti)

Bold Idea: Foster an equitable and inclusive Malaysia for people of all backgrounds by building spaces that cultivate empathic, justice-oriented, and anti-discriminatory youth.

Learn more about Jason


Grace Williams

Grace Williams

Founder, Citizen Tasmania

Bold Idea: Mobilize community efforts to overcome human rights challenges for refugee, migrant, and asylum-seeking individuals in Australia by providing access to education, employment, and social connection.

Learn more about Grace


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