Malika Saada Saar and Imani Walker

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Human Rights Advocate
Malika Saada Saar and Imani Walker started the Rebecca Project, which advocates for women and girls who have faced abuse, addiction, or incarceration for nonviolent offenses.

Over the past seven years, Rebecca has helped secure more than $200 million in federal funding for family-based rehab programs.

Learn more about being a human rights advocate
Cheri Maples

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Buddhist Teacher
When former police captain Cheri Maples stumbled on spirituality, she discovered a different way to serve and protect.

What it's like to train 1000 people in mindfulness techniques
Ice Cream Entrepreneur
Alexis Miesen and Jennie Dundas opened up an ice cream parlor in war-ravaged Rwanda and trained local women in shop operations, enabling 11 employees to feed clothe, and educate more than 70 family members.

It also contributes to the livelihood of dozens of dairy farmers, coffee bean growers and beekeepers.

How they did it
Patti Carpenter

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Textile Importer
After volunteering with Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit group that promotes craft businesses in developing countries, Patti Carpenter was so impressed with the handwoven and embroidered textiles made by the African and South American women, that she started a business importing their wares to stores like Dean & Deluca and Bloomingdale's.

How her efforts have helped artisans in unexpected ways
Lynn Reardon

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Animal Savior
Horse-lover Lynn Reardon leased a pasture for $20 a month and launched LOPE (LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers), a nonprofit rehabilitation facility and online service that finds new digs for former racehorses, whereas zoologist Laurie Marker is helping the cheetah outrace extinction in Africa.

How you can make a career out of saving the animals you care about

Learn what it's like to be a zoologist
Karenn Hanscom

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Torture Survivor Counselor
Psychologist Karen Hanscom helps torture victims heal emotionally by using the strength that got them to America in the first place.

Her organization, ASTT, counsels survivors of state-sponsored abuse who come to the U.S. seeking asylum.

How she helps survivors

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