We are pleased to welcome our SVC winners from our annual conference with the Igniting Innovation Summit held at Harvard University:
SVC Winner: Hanna Amanuel, Founder
Social Venture Name & Location: Rahwa, Eritrea
Hanna founded Rahwa (“freedom from hardship”) to improve rural maternal and infant health by training and employing women as maternal health agents. The health agents will support expecting mothers in their communities throughout the pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal periods, thereby 1) increasing access to and utilization of obstetric services; 2) increasing human capital within the maternal health care workforce; and 3) improving trust and dynamics between healthcare workers and women in rural communities. Rahwa will begin in Eritrea and ultimately expand to the broader Horn of Africa region.
SVC Winner: Michelle Mboya, Founder
Social Venture Name & Location: G.I.R.L., Kenya
Michelle founded the Girl’s Initiative to Redefine Leadership (G.I.R.L.) to provide a safe space for impoverished girls in Kibera, Nairobi to tell their own stories and empower themselves through social responsibility. G.I.R.L. will develop an online platform that will feature sponsored “challenges” for the members to help their community and earn money for school fees. These empowerment opportunities will help make girls both socially and personally responsible while allowing them to engage with their communities and the rest of the world.