Vivek Maru founded Namati in 2011 to grow the movement for legal empowerment around the world. Namati and its partners have built cadres of community paralegals in ten countries. The advocates have worked with over 65,000 people to protect community lands, enforce environmental law, and secure basic rights to healthcare and citizenship. Namati convenes the Global Legal Empowerment Network, made up of over 1000 groups in 120 countries. Namati and the Legal Empowerment Network received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2016. In 2017, Maru was named a Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum.