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At 42, Andrea Coleman and her husband Barry combined their lives' passion for motorcycles with the complex problem of delivering health care to nearly unreachable areas of rural Africa. In this audio interview with host Sheela Sethuraman, Coleman shares the story of how she founded Riders for Health. She discusses how the organization sustains itself through an innovative funding strategy, and how it is working with a range of public and private-sector entities to help develop transport infrastructure for Africa.
Andrea Coleman is an ex-motorcycle-racer and operations director for Team Castrol-Herron. She guided the financial and funding development of Riders for Health, which has won several international awards. In 2004, she and her husband were inducted into the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship (sister organization of the World Economic Forum). In 2006, they were named recipients of one of the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.