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MEET Shelley: International-inventor and health-care-problem-solver

MEET Shelley: International-inventor and health-care-problem-solver

Imagine having a doctor or nurse available at the touch of a finger.  Easily being able to submit information about your symptoms within days.  Now imagine only paying a few dollars for that service.  Welcome to Sevamob, a new insurance and healthcare subscription service available in India.  The best part?  This awesome idea started right here in Atlanta!  We sat down with Shelley Saxena to learn more about his product and its possibilities. Tell us a little about what you do: Sevamob provides primary healthcare, insurance and advisory to low income consumers in India for a small monthly subscription. The service is delivered by field teams of doctor and sales rep that carry Android tablets with our proprietary mobile software which can operate with or without network in remote areas. The teams are supported by part time MBBS doctor, a 24×7 call center and a network of 3rd party service providers like Hospitals, Clinics, Pathologists and Insurance companies that pay us referral fees. We are fundamentally disrupting and transforming how...

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MEET Erin: documentary maker, music appreciator and global traveler

MEET Erin: documentary maker, music appreciator and global traveler

Most stories coming out of Africa show desperate people, extreme poverty and drought.  The real Africa is much more than this.  It is a place of extreme beauty, culture and history.  Erin Levin is out to prove this more positive Africa exists through her upcoming documentary on the African Children’s Choir, a unique organization using the power of music and cultural heritage to uplift children in need.  The choir spends much of its time touring the world showcasing the talents of its diverse young members, performing for such honored folks as the Queen of England.  Erin is following hot on their trail, camera in hand, determined to show the world what these amazing youth have to offer. Tell us a little about what you do: I am producing a documentary feature film on the African Children’s Choir. That means that I research, write, plan, fundraise, interview, film, photograph, travel and repeat.   How did you get started with it? The summer of 2007, I graduated from the University of...

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MEET Andrew & Emily: local entrepreneurs and self-proclaimed poop managers

MEET Andrew & Emily: local entrepreneurs and self-proclaimed poop managers

Atlanta is quickly becoming a hub for entrepreneurship.  The FEED sat down with two folks using their take-charge attitudes to tackle global issues.  Andrew and Emily spend their days figuring out what to do with the world’s waste, and not just how to keep it out of the public eye, but how to recycle it into something useful.  Thats right your poop could be useful.  Find out how they make it happen and the unique business opportunity that led them to Chile. Tell us a little about your project: Sanivation (Sanitation+Innovation) provides people in developing countries with toilets. Basic, right? It is, but providing something so basic has a huge impact. How? It all starts flipping the mindset of a toilet from human waste disposal to human asset collection. If we think about the toilet in that way, we can restore dignity, provide safety, and improve the environment. We can also make some good money. For most of the world, the toilet is a big problem. In the developing...

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MEET Clint and Sana: interfaith workers and medical supply crafters

MEET Clint and Sana: interfaith workers and medical supply crafters

Atlanta has a lot of diversity.  With people from hundreds of different countries converging here every day, so the need for understanding is great.  We sat down with Sana and Clint who are undertaking an interfaith program at MedShare to learn what it takes to bridge the divide religious differences can cause.  They provided us a great tour of MedShare, an international organization that recycles medical supplies before we got down to interview business. Tell us about your project: Sana:  MedShare is a health nonprofit organization based in Decatur.  We take surplus medical supplies from hospitals and medical manufacturing companies and redistribute them to developing countries.  When you get an operation at a hospital, they will use a specific kit for your procedure. There might be 30-80 instruments for your surgery but they will only uses some of them.  The rest of the instruments, even if they are perfectly sterile, are still billed to you because they are part of the opened kit. They cannot use them on other...

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MEET Emily and Hillary: coffee bean toting globe trotters

MEET Emily and Hillary: coffee bean toting globe trotters

Do you ever browse the shelves of your local grocery store or Starbucks wishing there was a more interesting way to get your morning caffeine fix?  Look no further.  The FEED has found coffee that makes a difference.  Meet Emily and Hillary.  In addition to allowing us to conduct our first-ever Skype interview (Emily lives in NYC), these ladies are revolutionizing the concept of community supported agriculture as a global system of fair and direct trade. They spend part of their year in the Dominican Republic talking to farmers and the other part telling the world about awesome coffee. Best of all, you can have their tasty beans delivered to your door! So pour a cup and read on to meet Liga Masiva.   Tell us about your project: Hillary: Liga Masiva is a direct trade company working to build an international farmers market. We connect organic small-scale farmers in Latin America directly with consumers here in the US.  Emily had spent a lot of time in Dominican Republic...

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MEET Taria, Ashley & Joshua: crafty confectioners and earth shattering entrepreneurs

MEET Taria, Ashley & Joshua: crafty confectioners and earth shattering entrepreneurs

Do you find yourself craving a candy bar?  How about craving social change?  Well, we have uncovered a way to combine the two.  Whether you are looking to satisfy a craving or to find a meaningful party favor, you should meet the folks at Sugar-coated Radical.  Taria, Ashley and Joshua are working hard to create a shift in consumer consciousness here in Atlanta.  From the crazy (and awesome) flavors of their confection, the handmade design elements of their store and displays, to the fair trade sourced ingredients that permeate everything they do, Sugar-coated Radical is a great addition to Atlanta.  Grab some of their chocolate goods and prepare to meet them.   Tell us about your project: Taria: As a business we sell chocolate confections.  We sell them because I do believe in making a profit and being self sustaining.  We want to be sustaining while making social change.  We are making an impact already by how we source our ingredients but we hope to one day make enough...

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