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Less than 24 hours left to vote!!! - Vote for Your Favorite Social Entrepreneur in the World Challenge!

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The voting period for BBC World New's World Challenge sustainability competition closes this Friday at 11.50 PM (GMT).

You can check out the videos here and cast you vote before midnight tomorrow at:

The projects need your help for a chance to win $40,000 of prizes!


This week, public voting for the BBC’s World Challenge 2011 opened. Twelve social enterprises from around the world, ranging from Cambodia to Chile, are competing for YOUR votes to win a US$20,000 grant from Shell, with two runners-up receiving US$10,000 apiece. You can get to know them by watching their videos online at , following their profiles on BBC World News television, and studying their advertorials in Newsweek.

Take a few minutes and help out a fellow social entrepreneur - vote online at before voting closes on November 11, 2011.

The program will be broadcast on BBC World News at the following times (all GMT): Saturday: 1-22 October at 01:30, 08:30, 21:30 and 29 October-5 November at 01:30 and 08:30 Sunday: 2-23 October at 14:30 and 30 October-6 November at 14:30 and 21:30

Cambodia: In the Bag by Funky Junk

The first plastic bag recycling facility in Cambodia, Funky Junk makes fashion accessories and home goods out of woven plastic bags, in the process earning a decent income for poor rural communities.

Chile: Tech Crunch by Recycla

Recycla aims to tackle the problem of the eight million mobile phones and one million computers that are discarded in Chile annually. They are dismantled and separated into recyclable materials and toxic waste that can be safely disposed of.

Egypt: A New Leaf by El Nafeza

El Nafeza was established in 2007 to revive traditional papermaking in Egypt - partly as a way of getting rid of agricultural wastes that are typically burned, resulting in choking black clouds. El Nafeza organizes workshops in papermaking for disadvantaged young people (80 to 90 percent of its employees are deaf and mute).

India: Trash to Gas by Hand in Hand

NGO Hand in Hand set up a project with local people to collect food waste from households, hotels and restaurants, which is turned into biogas and used to generate electricity via a 10kW power station. The project now consumes about a ton of food waste every day - waste that would once have found its way into landfill.

Japan: Senior Service by Shunran-no-Sato

Shunran-no-Sato was set up by a group of elderly people to help keep their village alive. The project offers ecotourism with guestrooms in the villagers' own homes and an opportunity to take part in traditional agricultural activities.

Kenya: Cafe Society by Vava Coffee

Vava Coffee works with small farmers in Kenya to boost yield and income; it also employs street kids and people suffering from AIDS in the slums of Nairobi to make packaging from recycled waste.

Mongolia: Changing Spots by Snow Leopard Enterprises

Mongolia's Snow Leopard Enterprises provide women across Central Asia with the training and equipment necessary to produce hand-made felt and other wool products, which are sold internationally through the Snow Leopard Trust and other venues. This provides the herding communities with an alternative income and helps prevent the poaching of endangered snow leopards.

Nepal: Herbal Remedy by Shiv Foresty

The protected area of Shiva Community Forest is home to endangered species including tigers, Asian elephants and the Indian rhino. Local people have to contend with crop destruction by these wild species. Now, Shiv Forestry has found a non-lethal way to keep rhinos away from farms by planting chamomile and mint. Rhinos hate the smell of these pungent plants, which are also good cash crops for rural communities, especially when marketed by Shiv Forestry as wildlife saving products.

Paraguay: Jungle Brew by Guayaki Yerba Mate

Using an innovative business model that directly links customers' purchases to farming communities, Guayaki Yerba Mate believes they have all the ingredients for their own brand of market-driven conservation.

UK: Bangers and Cash by Giveacar

Giveacar is a social enterprise that raises money for charity by scrapping or selling unwanted cars - car owners who participate choose which charity the money should go to.

Uganda: A Burning Concern by UgaStoves

By mass-producing fuel-efficient stoves for domestic and commercial use, UgaStoves is reducing both deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, with a claimed annual saving of one ton of carbon emissions for every stove.

USA: Vertigo Farming by Brooklyn Grange Garden

Brooklyn Grange Garden is at the forefront of urban agriculture in the United States - the rooftop garden grows organic produce that is sold to local restaurants, delis and foodies across Manhattan.


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