Category Archives: Social Entrepreneur Spotlight

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Reading now- CREATING GOOD WORK: The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build A Healthy Economy

I just started reading this book and I think it’s one that all of you would appreciate too.  In *CREATING GOOD WORK, *experts and experienced social entrepreneurs tell their different perspectives and points of views.  Aspiring social entrepreneurs can use these as a blueprint to get started on their entrepreneurial paths. > Featuring contributions from some of the world’s most successful social ventures such as: Benetech, Brac-USA, Root Capital, Second Muse, Share Our Strength, and YouthBuild, the guidance offered in *CREATING GOOD WORK *is an asset to any social entrepreneur searching for the best way to make their vision into a reality.

I think it’s critical that experienced social entrepreneurs share their stories because the combined lessons and knowledge is so helpful for future leaders to build on. Here’s a link to the book’s page on Amazon.

Krochet Kids Intl- Empowering people in Uganda and Peru through the production and sale of products

Krochet Kids intl. is a non-profit accessories brand that is working to eradicate poverty
through sustainable economic development programs and unique, one-of-a-kind
products. The organization is currently working in Northern Uganda and Peru to fulfill its
mission statement – to empower people to rise above poverty.

Every KKi product is hand-signed by the woman that made it so you can know both who
and how you are helping. Learn more and view products on their website: http://krochetkids.org

KKI is in the running for a $1 million grant from Chase Bank, and if they win they will be able to start this program and join in helping the American population. You can learn more about this at: http://www.krochetkids.org/aga/

NY Times: The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

Here’s an opinion piece on the New York Times Fixes Blog from David Bornstein on the roots of social entrepreneurship and where it is today: > With the new attention has come confusion about what social entrepreneurs do, however. One problem stems from the word “entrepreneur,” which, to many, is synonymous with “businessperson,” and therefore implies that social entrepreneurs simply redeploy business skills and tools to build enterprises to solve social problems. However, some of those who track this work most closely say that the greatest strength of social entrepreneurs isn’t in the way they build ventures to deliver products or services, but in the way they connect people in new configurations and, in so doing, help people work together more effectively, influencing their career or life pathways.

 [Read more here](http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/the-rise-of-social-entrepreneur/?ref=opinion).

Two Degrees Food: A Nutrition Bar That Gives Back

NBC’s Today Show tomorrow (Nov 15) will feature a segment on Two Degrees Food. Here’s a quote from AARP’s blog post on it: > Walters along with his co-founder, Will Hauser, a 25-year-old former Wall Streeter joined together in 2010 to form a company with the purpose of doing business for good. By that, I mean developing “Two Degrees Food,” a nutrition bar company where a portion of the proceeds go to feeding hungry children both here and abroad. Two generations, both yearning for a new “life calling”! They had no real food manufacturing company experience, only believing they had enough connections and experience between the two of them to create a profitable start-up company that works for good.

GUST: Global Universities Social Trip

About GUST:

We are 3 French students currently making a trip around Asia on Social Business. The project we are currently leading is aiming at raising awareness of people and especially students about social business.

We first meet social entrepreneurs in several countries of South-East Asia and make videos on their business, to show people that it’s possible to create a business which is having a great impact on society and environment and making money at the same time.

After that, we showcase these video-reportage in local universities in the cities we visit, and animate creativity workshops with students on social business, to involve them in the creation process by finding solutions to one of the entrepreneurs’ Challenge.

Read more at http://gustproject.com/

Deloitte Podcast with College Summit

College Summit

Corporate giving has traditionally involved writing a check and calling it a day. But at a time when demands for nonprofit services are on the rise, cash donations are on the decline. Meanwhile, a national call-to-service is spotlighting the power of volunteerism.

Enter the new corporate citizen: Instead of donating money to pay for work, companies can cut out the middle man — through pro-bono engagement and skills-based volunteerism. If corporate philanthropy is expanded to include the prized commodity of workplace talent, the relationship can reap considerably more value — and do far more good — for nonprofits and communities in need.

Deloitte Podcast

Highlights:

·         The Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey suggests many nonprofits and companies should think about pro bono as an actual currency. What exactly does that mean?

·         Given the current pressures on revenue in both the private and nonprofit sectors, how can organizations go about making the investments needed to take advantage of skilled volunteers?

·         How has Deloitte helped College Summit overcome organizational challenges through its pro-bono work?

·         It sounds deceptively simple: Nonprofits are asking for money to pay for work, when they could just be asking companies for the work itself. Why isn’t more of this happening?

Guests:

·         Dean Furbush, president, College Summit

·         Evan Hochberg, national director, Community Involvement, Deloitte Services LP

·         Humbelina Sanchez, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

charity:water – bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations

Great profile of charity: water in the New York Times– the personal story of the founder is interesting:

Five years ago, Mr. Harrison was a nightclub promoter in Manhattan who spent his nights surrounded by friends in a blur of alcohol, cocaine and marijuana. He lived in a luxurious apartment and drove a BMW — but then on a vacation in South America he underwent a spiritual crisis.

Mr. Harrison, now 33, found an aid organization that would accept him as a volunteer photographer — if he paid $500 a month to cover expenses. And so he did. The organization was Mercy Ships, a Christian aid group that performs surgeries in poor countries with volunteer doctors.

He went on to found charity: water, which is essentially a marketing organization:

Armed with nothing but a natural gift for promotion, and for wheedling donations from people, Mr. Harrison started his group, called charity: water — and it has been stunningly successful. In three years, he says, his group has raised $10 million (most of that last year alone) from 50,000 individual donors, providing clean water to nearly one million people in Africa and Asia.

The article deserves a read, so check it out here.

Coffee Connections, a New Social Venture Concept is Starting Up in Kenya

Margaret is a Coffee Connections farmer in Kenya.  She has been a coffee farmer for decades, but during last year’s harvest she only made 0.02USD per lb of coffee sold.  That same lb of coffee was sold for over 12.00 USD in western markets. Margaret can not afford to keep her daughter in school any longer, because her coffee sells for so little. 

Coffee Connections works to alleviate rural poverty through moving the coffee of impoverished farmers, such as Margaret, up the value chain. This program will increase her annual income by 7000% and give her a stake-hold in a farmer owned coffee company in the USA.  Please vote for Coffee Connections on www.ideablob.comto ensure the much needed start-up funding is obtained. To stay up to date with Coffee Connections, please click here.

Cards From Africa- A Successful Social Enterprise in Rwanda

I found this social enterprise quite intriguing: Cards From Africa

We are a Rwandan social enterprise you might be interested in blogging about, especially with the 15th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide coming up soon. Cards from Africa provides employment handcrafting greeting cards to young people in Rwanda who have been orphaned by the genocide and now serve as heads of households. With the strong wages they receive, these orphans are able to provide for their younger siblings and keep them in school, thus improving their future prospects. I have attached our press release to this email.

We are working to raise awareness of the aftermath of the genocide, as well as of the innovative strategies that are being used to rebuild the nation. We hope you would be interested in writing about us! Please let me know if you have any questions, or if we could be of further assistance.

From the press release:

Fifteen years after the Rwandan genocide left behind a generation without parents, Cards from Africa is commemorating the anniversary by celebrating the lives of orphaned young people transformed through a unique combination of work and mentorship.

“Every day used to be so difficult,” recounts Florance Uwingeneye, who lost both parents and a younger sister in the 1994 genocide. “All the things we had while our parents were alive disappeared. Since I joined Cards from Africa, my life has changed tremendously.”
Read the entire release here