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Cardborigami Inventor Tina Hovsepian’s Unique Plan to End Homelessness

Tina Hovsepian – Inventor of Cardborigami: A Unique Solution to Ending Homelessness.

Tina Hovsepian – Inventor of Cardborigami: A Unique Solution to Ending Homelessness.

Tina Hovsepian – Inventor of Cardborigami: A Unique Solution to Ending Homelessness.

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NEW INTERVIEW WITH HOST STACEY GUALANDI!

Be sure to tune in to Stacey’s BRAND NEW interview for The Women’s Eye Radio with Tina Hovsepian (@TinaHovsepian), the inventor of Cardborigami, origami-inspired homeless shelters!

Seeing a need to combat the ever-present homeless problem in Los Angeles, this full-time architect created a solution: a collapsible, transportable cardboard shelter.

In just seven years, it’s the invention that keeps on giving. In addition to helping people get off the streets and back on their feet, Cardboragami shelters are now being used to help those impacted by natural disasters, most recently in Mexico following the devastating earthquake.

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Tina Hovsepian

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Tina Hovsepian in Cardborigami Shelter

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We first profiled Tina and Cardborigami for The Women’s Eye in 2015; now she is one of several women who are featured in the recently released 20 WOMEN CHANGEMAKERS as a proponent for change who is taking action around the world.

TWE BookKeep an eye on her because this young innovator is just getting started!

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Virginia Paca On Her Homegrown Foodbank To Feed The Needy

Virginia Paca grows a special garden to feed friends, families, and the homeless hurting from the economy in Pasadena, California. She began planting her backyard garden two years ago, never thinking she’d be making a difference.

An architect and garden designer by trade, she’s now established her own personal food bank helping people in need with a bumper crop of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. A self-described risk-taker, she says her new calling is “cathartic.”

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“I would like to leave people a little better than I found them and I’d like to leave the world better than I found it. If I could do that I would feel like I had a successful life.” Virginia Paca

My friend and reporter Stacey Gualandi met Virginia, where else?, in her abundant garden filled with heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, corn, watermelon, cucumbers, you name it, to find out what drives her desire to donate… [Read more…]

Sally Dominguez On Her Award-Winning Rainwater Harvesting Tank

Sally Dominguez is an architect, a designer, and an inventor of products she thinks will help make the world more eco-friendly. Now living in Northern California, she started out designing urban housing in Australia, then launched a line of children’s furniture including the multi-award- winning NEST Highchair.

When she couldn’t find a rainwater tank to fit under her patio during a drought, she came up with the Rainwater HOG, a slim and portable container that holds 51 gallons. It can be used for irrigation, emergency drinking water, and greywater recycling. Her newest invention is the HOGzilla that she’s working on with her husband, Simon. It will hold 450 gallons.

As well as writing on sustainability and cars, she is a judge on “The New Inventors,” an Australian television show.

I was fascinated by this new HOG tank and in Sally’s tenacity to create one. I wanted to know more so I asked Sally:

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