Trickle Up works with women who live in ultrapoverty, providing training and a grant to start or expand a business. To ensure the longevity of their hard work, learning to save and access credit is essential, which is why Trickle Up helps participants form savings groups. These voluntary, community-based, self-managed groups meet regularly and enable women to save as a buffer against emergencies and unexpected expenses, while also being able to access credit to grow their businesses. Even more, women build solidarity, enabling them to learn from one another and be a support base in times of need.
Read more over at the Catapult Blog.
Kate writes to inform us about this event:
In September 2013 the Rhodes Youth Forum will gather together more than 100 young people who are prone towards responsibility and constructive behavior in the current changes the contemporary world is undergoing. Debates with high level experts from various fields will touch on ways to keep a cultural identity in a multicultural society, to preserve traditional and non-material values, to actively participate in public and social life. The Forum is an attempt to think about global challenges by putting a young person in the center of all our activities.
Read more at Youth Time
The Artha Venture Challenge is a nationwide competition that aims to provide high risk, patient capital for early stage social ventures. Up to 15 winners will get the opportunity to apply for up to INR 25 lakh funding, if matched by at least the same amount in co-investment as well as several other non-financial resources to scale their enterprises. Applications are only open until June 17th .
Carrotmob has teamed up with the investment vehicle Greenstart, which has invested $150,000 and design services into the project. Carrotmobs are like cash mobs, except community members earmark their spending at a store or restaurant for a specific social improvement like environmentally friendly lighting, bike racks or sustainably produced menu items. Many businesses want to make these positive changes but are limited by cash to get started, says co-founder Brent Schulkin. More than 100,000 Carrotmobbers have now engaged communities to encourage social change for 260 businesses to the tune of $1 million in 20 different countries. Continue reading…
One Today is an app that brings together people and nonprofits through the simple act of giving $1. It’s currently available on Android as a limited pilot in the U.S. You can visit their site to request an invite.
Heads up, here’s an interesting conference coming up: Social Entrepreneurs, Policymakers, Students, Academics and Business Leaders to converge in conference to explore maximizing the impact of social enterprises for economic development Providence to host second annual SEEED (Social Enterprise Ecosystem for Economic Development) Summit April 26-27, 2013 PROVIDENCE, RI (February 27, 2013): Brown University and Social Venture Partners Rhode Island (SVPRI) will host the Social Enterprise Ecosystem for Economic Development (SEEED) Summit April 26-27, bringing together stakeholders from the social enterprise ecosystem to share best practices for economic development. SEEED (www.seeed.org) is the first national conference that focuses on building an effective social enterprise ecosystem to drive economic development. Over 500 ecosystem stakeholders will convene to share best practices for maximizing the impact of social enterprises on economic development. Continue reading…
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.
Every year, in honor of International Women’s Day, Women Deliver highlights the global progress being made for girls and women. This year, voters selected from a list of 25 social enterprises that are changing the lives of girls and women around the world by addressing issues of health, gender equality, education, environmental sustainability, and more. Women Deliver worked in partnership with Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs, to select these 25 social enterprises from the semifinalists of the Echoing Green Fellowship Program. Continue reading…
The Sullivan Foundation Summer Institute in Social Entrepreneurship will be held in Panama and Costa Rica from June 19 – August 14, 2013, earning 9 credit hours. Join us and students from around the world for a transformative 8-week program that shapes future leaders and change agents! From June 19 until July 17 students will study in Panama City while engaging in service based learning. From July 18 through August 14, the students will live and learn in the rain forest community of Monteverde, Costa Rica, working in teams to assist social programs and applying social entrepreneurship skills. Students may qualify for partial tuition scholarships. Go to http://www.sullivanfdn.org/social-entrepreneurs/summer-institute/ for more information and to apply.
Ennovent and WWF Switzerland are thrilled to announce that Runa (www.runa.org) was selected as the winner of the company category. The other finalists within this category were EcoPlanet Bamboo, Wildlife Works, Rainforest Expeditions, and CHICZA. The winners are endorsed by WWF Switzerland as best solution providers and are awarded global visibility, networking and capacity building opportunities from the challenge partners such as, Good Company, Sustainatopia and Thomson Reuters Foundations’. These Challenge rewards are important as many early-stage entrepreneurs face resource gaps – such as networks and training – that inhibit their ability to scale high potential ventures. More details here.