Naziba Naila Wafa

Country: Bangladesh

Company: Resurgence


Website: http://resurgencebd.org/

Facebook: @theyneedresurgence

Instagram: @resurgencebd


Naziba Wafa, Resurgence co-founder, is revolutionizing menstrual hygiene in low-income communities through low-cost, biodegradable sanitary pads made out of water hyacinth. Realizing the lack of sanitation prevailing in the slum areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Naziba took action to end community suffering, particularly among women with poor menstrual health.


Naziba along her team are taking further action to shatter the social stigma revolving around the topic. By empowering vulnerable populations, specifically underprivileged women, through education and employment opportunities, Naziba and her team are poised for success.

Sakib Manzur

Country: Bangladesh

Company:  Sketchboard Interactive

School: University of Dhaka 

Sakib started Sketchboard Interactive, a production company specializing in visual copywriting for business organizations. Instead of seeing every project as an opportunity to earn profit, Sketchboard Interactive positions those projects as opportunities to create art. In three years, Sakib hopes Sketchboard Interactive will become one of the largest video production companies in Bangladesh.

Md. Fozley Elahi

Company: NutriFeed

School: University of Dhaka

NutriFeed produces novel, culturally-acceptable poultry feeds that is: a) low-cost: 52% lesser than existing feeds solution. b) waste-recycling: made from readily-available but unexploited environmental resources & agricultural waste such as mango seed kernels; elephant grass; unused vegetable waste etc. NutriFeed operates a community-based and self-supportive model where we engage local youths and women in the collection of raw materials. Besides, we select, train and empower and deprived unemployed women for supplying and selling our farms’ products within their own communities. As our novel raw materials are very cheap, we sell feeds to the poultry farmers at USD 6 for one sack (25 kg) whereas competitor’s price ranges from USD 12 to USD 15. NutriFeed’s main competitive advantages are a) the unique production process- from fruit kernel, peel vegetable waste to poultry feed b) Local unemployed youth and women are the suppliers of the raw materials and seller of the NutriFeed products c) NutriFeed’s sell feed at 52% lower cost. Until now we have raised fund USD 40000 of which USD 20000 from our own capital, USD 13,000 from bank loan, and USD 7000 from the external investor in exchange of 5% equity.


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