Whilst she was still at school, Veronika (see below) created a product which doubles up as a coat and sleeping bag for individuals who are sleeping rough in Detroit, Michigan. They were a resounding success, but something still wasn't quite right. It was aid, but there was no solution.
One day, she found the missing piece - why don't homeless people themselves make the sleeping bag, lifting them out of poverty, equipping them with skills, giving them back self confidence and most importantly creating a sustainable and effective social enterprise?
She did just that, and now runs the fantastic 'Empowerment Plan'. Watch this video to find out more. And a big thank you to my good friend Kirsty Kenney for drawing this great project to my attention - you can read her blog at www.greenicecream.co.uk