The Founders

Kwabena Danso

As co-founder and current Executive Director of the Yonso Project, Danso oversees all of our programs on the ground in Ghana. Danso was born and raised in the town of Yonso and has had a lifelong interest in community and educational development. He graduated in 2006 from the University of Ghana in Legon with a bachelors degree in Psychology and in 2013 completed a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is a Global Fellow of the International Youth Foundation. In 2012, Kwabena won two prestigious awards which included the  Airtel Touching Lives Award and the President of Ghana’s Award for Grassroot and Rural Community Development. To learn more about Kwabena Danso, see his profile here. Contact Kwabena at

Nick Caccavo


Nick received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 2006 with a major in History and Political Science. He is one of the founders of the Yonso Project and created our microfinance program. Nick now works as a Analytics Consultant for Wells Fargo.

Sonja Good Stefani


Sonja graduated from Tufts University in 2007 with a degree in Peace and Justice and Child Development. After working as in investigator for the Habeas Corpus Resource Center, a part of the judicial branch of the State of California that represents the indigent population on death row, she attended and graduated from law school at UC Berkeley. One of the Yonso Project’s co-founders, Sonja created our scholarship program. She now manages our accounts in the US.

Tony Caccavo

Tony received his bachelor’s degree in History and Classics in 2008 and his master’s in teaching in 2009, both from Tufts University. Tony managed the Teach for Rural Ghana program, which provided scholarships for Ghanaian college students in return for a three-year commitment to teach in our communities. He is currently a public school teacher in Massachusetts.

Sam Dupre

Sam graduated from the University of Vermont in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He first had the idea to manufacture bamboo bicycles and this led to the creation of what is now Booomers. Sam received his graduate degree from Frostburg State University, where he studied small mammal community ecology and conservation. He is now pursuing a PhD.

Benji Hardy

Benji graduated from Hendrix College 2006 with a B.A. in International Relations. He and Kwabena Danso first conceived of the idea to create the Yonso Project. Benji now works for the Arkansas Times.

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