Can origami, the ancient art of paper folding, offer a modern solution for homelessness? In the hands of Tina Hovsepian, it may. Her nonprofit, Cardborigami, creates transportable temporary shelters that can be expanded to provide privacy and protection. The collapsible shelters are recyclable, water resistant, flame retardant, and designed to aid the urban homeless as well as those affected by natural disaster. “I think everyone deserves shelter,” she says. “And that’s what Cardborigami is able to provide.”

Tina Hovsepian

Since its inception in 2012, Toyota has cultivated the Toyota Mothers of Invention program by not only awarding more than $1 million to these women-led companies with Driving Solutions grants, but also facilitating networking opportunities, building relevant connections, and providing access to intellectual capital to help their organizations go places. These women, who are leading the charge to work on issues like homelessness, education, food, water, energy, and more, come from all over the world, and are using innovation to create lasting and sustainable impact.

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