Meet the 2021 awardees

Olufunto Boroffice profile photo

World region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Olufunto Boroffice
Founder and CEO, Chanja Datti Ltd

Olufunto Boroffice is the founder/CEO of Chanja Datti, a waste collection and recycling social enterprise based in Northern Nigeria. The company addresses gender inequality unemployment by providing a platform that transforms waste into wealth while also empowering the unemployed women, at-risk youths and waste pickers of the region. Chanja Datti is directly responsible for diverting over 4,500,000 kg of recyclable waste from landfills in the Abuja metropolis while creating 250 green jobs and additional sources of livelihood for 500+ women in 7 underserved communities in the Abuja metropolis.

Boroffice’s business supports the following SDGs:
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 11: Responsible Consumption and Production

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World region: Asia Pacific

Nidhi Pant
Co-Founder and Head of Finance and Partnerships, S4S Technologies

Nidhi Pant is the co-founder of Science For Society, or S4S Technologies, a company that helps farmers earn extra income by converting farm losses to value-added products with its patented, award-winning solar dehydration technology. S4S technologies provides these micro-entrepreneurs with the right combination of technology, finance and market linkage to set them up for success, working with over 6500 farmers, 505 Micro-Entrepreneurs and serves 850 Food and Beverage Customers including marquee brands like Marico, Nestle, Sodexo and Indian Railways.

Pant’s business supports the following SDGs:
SDG 1: No Poverty
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

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World region: Greater Middle East and North Africa

Sara Saeed
Co-Founder and CEO, Sehat Kahani

Sara Saedd is the co-founder and CEO of Sehat Kahani, an e-healthcare company in Pakistan that aims to democratize access to quality and affordable healthcare through ICT-enabled solutions and a network of qualified home-based women doctors. Sehat Kahani has reached out to 360,000 direct beneficiaries through 35 e-clinics and 3.1 million beneficiaries through its preventive health portfolio. In addition, through their e-health application they have reached out to 160,000 beneficiaries via their retail and corporate verticals and were actively involved in COVID screening, treatment and referral process on a local and national level in collaboration with the government during the COVID-19 crisis in Pakistan.

Saeed’s business supports the following SDGs:
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 10: Reduced Inequality

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World region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Panmela Castro
Founder and CEO, Panmela Castro Arte e Cultura and Rede Nami

Panmela Castro is the founder and CEO of Panmela Castro Arte e Cultura and Rede Nami, a social enterprise that utilizes art education, different arts media and especially public graffiti murals, to raise awareness on women’s rights and the prevalence of domestic violence in Brazil. Panmela sells world-renowned artwork and graffiti murals through the for-profit company, while the NGO Rede Nami holds workshops and educational programs in the arts to a network of more than 10,000 women in Brazil. Panmela’s work aims to promote structural change in society, bringing knowledge through art and communication so that girls and women know how to fight for their rights.

Castro’s business supports the following SDGs:
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 10: Reduced Inequality

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World region: Europe, North America and other

Aline Sara
Co-Founder and CEO, NaTakallam
United States of America

Aline Sara is the co-founder and CEO of NaTakallam, a social enterprise that offers high-quality curated language services delivered by refugees and their host communities through digital platforms, including online language teaching and tutoring, translation and virtual interpretation services, and cultural exchange sessions. To date, NaTakallam has connected with 10,000+ language learners around the world and provided over a million dollars to over 200 workers from refugee or host community backgrounds worldwide and aims to shift the perception of refugees from burden to asset.

Sara’s business supports the following SDGs:
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
SDG 17: Partnerships to Achieve the Goal

2021 WE Empower pitch night

Watch as five amazing women entrepreneurs pitch their business solutions for changing the world as part of the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge 2021.

Meet the 2021 finalists

Business RegionNameBusiness NameCountry of Business Registration
Sub-Saharan AfricaOlufunto BorofficeChanja Datti LtdNigeria
Sub-Saharan AfricaLois GicheruSolafrique LimitedKenya
Sub-Saharan AfricaCharlot MagayiMukuru Clean StovesKenya
Sub-Saharan AfricaJoy ChiomaNatal CaresNigeria
Sub-Saharan AfricaBarbara MutabaziWomen in Technology UgandaUganda
Asia PacificAchia NilaWomen in DigitalBangladesh
Asia PacificRema SivaramEthic Attic by FairkonnectIndia
Asia PacificNidhi PantS4S TechnologiesIndia
Asia PacificMethawee ThatsanasateankitVulcan CoalitionThailand
Asia PacificThu Hue NguyenMCDVietnam
Europe, North America and OtherShari van de PolCATTLEytics IncorporatedCanada
Europe, North America and OtherAline SaraNaTakallamUnited States of America
Europe, North America and OtherTeLisa DaughtryFlyTechnistaUnited States of America
Europe, North America and OtherAlexandra BoethiusAccelerate2030/Impact Hub GenevaSwitzerland
Europe, North America and OtherRebecca HuiRoots StudioUnited States of America
Latin America and the CaribbeanDaniela AnciraLa CanaMexico
Latin America and the CaribbeanMarisol VillalobosAmasarPuerto Rico
Latin America and the CaribbeanClaudia EsparzaNanas & AmasPeru
Latin America and the CaribbeanPanmela CastroHolding Manmela CastroBrazil
Latin America and the CaribbeanCatalina AlvarezSelva NevadaColombia
Greater MENASara SaeedSehat KahaniPakistan
Greater MENARadwa RostomHand Over ProjectsEgypt
Greater MENAIrina Mkrtchyan“ISSD” Innovative Solutions for
Sustainable Development of Communities
Greater MENARima YacoubReclaim ChildhoodJordan
Greater MENAMona ItaniShabab LabLebanon