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Sucre Blue

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Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 years old, Erin Little is Founder and Executive Director of Sucre Blue, a nonprofit healthcare organization designed to bring access and affordability to chronic disease treatment and prevention around the world. While serving as a fellow with LGT Venture Philanthropy in Mumbai in 2012, Erin gained significant insight into the challenges of bringing this solution to scale previous to beginning the program's pilot in Bangalore, India. 

Erin was recently awarded the International Diabetes Federation "Young Leaders in Diabetes" accolade in which she will represent America and the American Diabetes Association at the 2013 World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Previous to Sucre Blue, Erin served CoFounder of Portapure, a water purification startup, and Founder and CoChair of CHICAGO+Acumen network.

About Sucre Blue

Sucre Blue community-based approach takes the power of peer influence and leverages it with tangible, low-cost medical interventions. We train and employ village women living with or serving as caretaker to individuals with chronic diseases to serve as peer ambassadors. These community health workers go door-to-door to screen, diagnose, and provide affordable free and low-cost treatment options for chronic diseases designed to improve patient compliance as well as create a sustainable income for women. Our typical community health worker lives in a village where the average household income is less than $2 a day, without access to a local doctor, hospital, or pharmacy within a 20 kilometers radius. All money collected from medical consultations is reinvested into the communities we serve.