19 Pianporn Deetes

Social Entrepreneurship to Protect the Environment and Empower Citizens

Victoria Johnson

Pianporn Deetes took on the challenge of helping protect the environment in her native Thailand and beyond. She joined Living River Siam in order to protect the rights of villagers along the Mekong River. She knew water is one of the most politically sensitive topics. Using her organizational skills, she has empowered villagers, giving them arguments and tools to uphold their interests. She stands as an example of how social entrepreneurship can help improve the lot of the poor while preserving the environment.

On March 6, 2010, Pianporn (“Pai”) Deetes, a Thai social entrepreneur, flew from Bangkok with a group of twenty-eight journalists ...

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