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UVM Alumna Named on Forbes' 30 Under 30 List of Social Entrepreneurs

Sasha Fisher
Sasha Fisher graduated from UVM in 2010 with a double major in studio art and a self-designed course of study: human security. Today, her organization Spark Microgrants helps community members across East Africa increase their security via better access to food, education and other vital goods and services. (Photo: Sally McCay)

Forbes magazine has named 30 people under the age of 30 who are “leveraging business tools to solve the world's most pressing problems.” UVM alumna Sasha Fisher is one of these leading social entrepreneurs.

See the Forbes 30 Under 30 2015 in Social Entrepreneurship list.

Following her graduation from UVM in 2010, Fisher launched Spark Microgrants, a non-profit organization that supports communities in East African nations as they design, implement and manage their own development projects. To date, Spark has provided grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 to dozens of communities, funding projects that improve access to food, education, sanitation and clean water. In all, the organization’s work has impacted more than 75,000 lives.

It’s not the first national acclaim for Fisher, who was named a Do Something Awards finalist in 2013 in a ceremony that was broadcast on VH1.

Read more about Fisher in this story, “Alumna Sparks Community Development in Africa.”