Economic Development
About

Providing economic opportunity and sustainable growth for individuals, businesses, and family enterprises around the world is crucial to lifting people out of poverty. Through innovative models, financial education and training programs, and the development of creative solutions, Resolution Fellows are working with some of the world's most vulnerable communities to give them the tools and information they need to become financially independent.

Providing economic opportunity and sustainable growth for individuals, businesses, and family enterprises around the world is crucial to lifting people out of poverty. Through innovative models, financial education and training programs, and the development of creative solutions, Resolution Fellows are working with some of the world's most vulnerable communities to give them the tools and information they need to become financially independent.

Joseph Opoku

Joseph has a wide range of experience advancing youth development in Ghana. He worked with the West Africa Civil Society Institute, Opportunity International, Children and Youth in Broadcasting and Springboard Roadshow Foundation, and many others. Joseph is passionate about education and youth development, particularly working to fill gaps within education. He founded the Youth Impact Workshop to help build the capacity of young people in Ghana to design, prototype and implement social enterprises at school and in their communities.

Afritrove Milling

Munyaradzi Chifetete & Mwangala Simataa co-founded Afritrove Milling in Zambia to provide a local solution for mealie meal production.  Mealie meal is a staple made of maize for which a national monopoly exists—it has pushed down prices for farmers and artificially inflated prices for consumers. The team is using a local approach to source maize from farmers at better prices, to mill it with local millers, and package and distribute it locally as well.

Mwangala Simataa

Mwangala Simataa, a Zambian citizen, is currently a junior at Lafayette College majoring in Economics and Philosophy. Throughout his time at Lafayette College, he has served as a researcher for the Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project, which is an interdisciplinary team of students and professors that works with distressed communities to find ways to develop and commercialize latent assets. Mwangala is the founder of Lafayette College’s Philosophy Club, a member of the Investment Club, and a student representative on the college’s Student Conduct and Appeals Committee.

Munyaradzi Chifetete

Munyaradzi is an undergraduate student at Lafayette College from Zimbabwe pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is an active member of the Lafayette chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and ASCE Steel Bridge team. Munyaradzi has interned at United Parcel Service (UPS), in the Industrial Engineering division, and at Mercy Corps, where he assisted with evaluating UNICEF’s Small Towns Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) program in Manicaland, Zimbabwe.

Chromodoris Fashion

"Aaron" Tsz Ki Lit is the founder of Chromodoris Fashion in Hong Kong. Chromodoris is a fashion brand that celebrates the beauty and diversity of life underwater through garments and accessories inspired the patterns, shapes, and colors of marine animals. Using sustainable eco-fabric for the apparel raises awareness of marine biodiversity and conservation issues, while a portion of all profits will go to marine conservation efforts.

Aaron Tsz Ki Lit

Aaron Lit is an avid scuba diver and underwater photographer who aims to raise awareness of marine biodiversity and motivate conservation through social entrepreneurship. He is the author and photographer of “Watercolor”, a book featuring the creatures of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Through his social venture Chromodoris, he wishes to use fashion made from ecofabric as a medium to spotlight the wonders of sea life and promote conscious consumerism.

Unega Farm - Uganda

The founders of Unega Farm - Uganda, Alex Kyeyune, Fatumah Birungi, and Paul Mukuye will work to reduce hunger and poverty in local communities in the Wakiso District of Uganda by teaching them sustainable micro garden techniques. The produce grown will improve families’ own nutritional intake, while allowing them to sell any excess to also improve their economic status.

The Queens Entrepreneurship Fund

Madel Beaudouin is the founder of The Queens Entrepreneurship Fund, in Queens, New York. Through her social venture, Madel (who pitched to us for the second time this year) will give rigorous training opportunities for Queens College students to provide consultation services to small businesses in the neighborhood surrounding the Queens College campus. In so doing, the Queens Entrepreneurship Fund will help to ensure that Queens College fulfills its tremendous potential for social impact in the area it surrounds, while tapping the energy, ideas, and intellectual capital of its students.

Coconut Project

Ekky Hardiyanto and Hanifah Hasuri, are the founders of the Coconut Project in Indonesia, a social venture that will create light concrete utilizing discarded coconut husks. Their efforts will increase income for coconut sellers, while also decreasing the harmful effects that cement making has on the environment.

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