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Social entrepreneurs

We work with people who use entrepreneurship as a way to create social change. Together, we aim to enable a more equal and inclusive society, where everyone has the opportunity and capability to provide for themselves and their families.

We work with people who use entrepreneurship as a way to create social change. Together, we aim to enable a more equal and inclusive society, where everyone has the opportunity and capability to provide for themselves and their families.

What is a social entrepreneur?

A social entrepreneur is a person who uses business as a way to solve social challenges, such as reducing poverty and empowering women. He or she has an objective to make a social impact rather than just to make a profit, and operate by providing goods and services in an entrepreneurial and innovative fashion. They are visionaries that work at all levels – from creating change in local communities to influence the way social issues are addressed globally.
Fernando Assad and housing project
Social Entrepreneur stories

Improving families’ living conditions in Brazil

One of the social entrepreneurs we collaborate with is Fernando Assad from Brazil. Through his organisation Programa Vivenda, he provides affordable and easy-to-install home improvement kits to mitigate the unsafe housing situation in Brazil’s favelas. Around 40 million people in Brazil live in houses that pose health risks.

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Programmes

  • Alive and Kicking

    Alive and Kicking

    Produces soccer balls in Kenya providing employment, improved health and behavior to marginalized groups.
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    Aqua Clara

    Aqua Clara Kenya

    Leveraging networks to increase awareness of WASH practices and adoption of water filters.
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    Asante Mama

    Asante Mama

    Links farmers to markets through aggregation and contract farming. 
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    BeMistre

    BeMistre

    Home decor and furniture products from recycled and organic raw materials led by women and youth. 
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    Enlight Institute

    Enlight Institute

    Recruitment, training and coaching for youth to access employment in solar industry.  
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    ENZI

    ENZI

    High-end shoe production & sales supporting workforce development and employee livelihood in Ethiopia.
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    Felek Notebooks

    Produces and sells notebooks, donating supplies to rural schools and supporting education in Ethiopia. 
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    Greenface Trading

    Green Face Trading

    Traced organic honey and beeswax producer.  
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    Imani Collective

    Imani Collective

    Home accessories made using natural raw materials and traditional techniques.
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    Industree Ethiopia

    Industree Ethiopia

    Enables fabrics and apparel sourcing from Ethiopian producer-owned enterprises.  
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    Kidame Mart

    Kidame Mart

    Creates opportunities for rural women to earn income by selling fast-moving goods in their communities.  
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    Nuru Social Enterprises

    Nuru Social Enterprises

    Produces and sells Nuru Yogurt, supporting Kenyan smallholder farmers to enhance milk production. 
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    RefuSHE Artisan Collective

    RefuSHE Artisan Collective

    Leverages consumer preferences to provide a source of income for young refugee women.  
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    Resonate

    Resonate

    Provides leadership training to women and youth, enabling them to achieve their potential. 
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    Tibeb Leather Works

    Tibeb Leather Works

    Leather products that empower single mothers in Ethiopia.  
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    TruLuv Granola

    TruLuv Granola

    Artisanal, on-the-go, natural granola snacks.  
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    Upcycle Africa

    Upcycle Africa

    Improving livelihoods and tackling the plastic waste crisis in Uganda by building homes and changing mindsets.  
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    UZURI K&Y

    UZURI K&Y

    African inspired shoe brand and manufacturer in Rwanda. 
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    VIjana Corps

    Vijana Corps

    Creating tools, platforms, and opportunities for the most marginalized youth in Uganda. 
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  • Access Bangladesh Foundation

    Access Bangladesh Foundation

    Working to ensure that persons with disabilities in Bangladesh are included in all aspects of development planning in the country.
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    Futuro Forestal

    Futuro Forestal

    Reforestation projects to build permanent, biodiverse, and profitable forests and motivating other land users to plant forests.
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    Hecho X Nosotros

    Hecho X Nosotros

    Fostering a sustainable fashion movement in Argentina.
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    Chid Liberty

    Impact Transformation Fund

    Pioneering ethical manufacturing in Africa.
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    Alice Freitas

    Rede Asta

    Reduction of Brazilian social inequality through the empowerment of women artisans.
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    Mitt Liv

    Mitt Liv

    Working with diversity and inclusion within the Swedish the labour-market to make sure everyone gets the chance they deserve.
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    Next Step

    Next Step

    Making manufactured housing a practical, sustainable solution in the US.
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    NIDAN

    NIDAN

    Giving India's urban poor access to financial services, technology and solicit business.
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    NUUP

    NUUP

    Improving the livelihoods of smallholder producers in Mexico.
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    Fredric Bardeau

    SIMPLON.CO

    Developing new mechanisms of social inclusion and full citizenship for at-risk populations in France.
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    Upwardly Global

    Upwardly Global

    Working to eliminate employment barriers for skilled  immigrants and refugees in the US.
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    Women Farmers Advancement Network

    Women Farmers Advancement Network

    Improving and promoting the economic, social and  political empowerment of rural women and youth in Nigeria, specifically in the agricultural sector.
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    • Allison Silva
      Fundacion Empreender Futuro

      Allison increases the ability for vulnerable people to improve their social status by democratizing access to business information and services.
    • Dan Drescoll
      Anou

      Dan has created Anou, a community of artisans working together to reshape Morocco's artisan economy so that it works for them rather than against them.
    • Daniel Kerber
      More Than Shelters

      Daniel prototypes dignified living concepts for refugees, bridging crucial stages of their journeys.
    • Fernando Assad
      Programa Vivenda

      Fernando develops affordable renovation kits that fix the issues that most impact health in the favelas in Brazil.
    • John John
      Grassroot Tea Corporation

      John is creating a new model for small tea growers to organize themselves, manufacture and sell tea to markets directly while influencing policy.
    • Liisa Smits
      Ignitia

      Liisa provides farmers in Ghana with climate data sets that allow them to increase their yield and efficiency by timing planting, cultivating, and harvesting.
    • Nani Zulminarni
      PEKKA

      Nani is reversing the pattern of discrimination against women in Indonesia by educating and enabling them to provide for their families.
    • Neelkanth Mishra
      Center for Aquatic Livelihood -Jaljeevika

      By helping farmers see the economic opportunity in cooperating, Neelkanth has reached 50 000 farmers and successfully integrated in-land fisheries in six states' livelihood programs.
    • Scott Stiles
      Fair Employment Agency

      Scott shifts domestic worker agency models to one that erases fees to workers and re-aligns incentives at each link along the recruitment chain in Hong Kong and the Philippines. 
    • Suraiya Haque
      Phulki

      Suraiya has developed self-sustaining models for workplace-based care centers at factories and offices, enabling economic emancipation for women in Bangladesh.
    • Wietse van der Werf
      Sea Ranger Service

      Wietse combines empowerment of unemployed youths and re-integration of navy veterans to provide a solution to the monitoring of marine protected areas.
     
  • aguilas en el Magey

    Aguilas en el Maguey

    Águilas en el Maguey is a cooperative society founded by ten Zapotec women which grows quality Mezcal Agave (tequila) plants with minimal environmental impact.
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    Alternativa Agrícola Suchixtepec 

    Alternativa Agrícola Suchixtepec is an integrated organic farm, dedicated to the farming and local sale of rabbits.
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    Emprendedoras de Tierra Blanca

    Emprendedoras de Tierra Blanca is a group made of Zapotec women that produces organic vanilla and agroforestry systems for coffee.
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    Goocafé

    A cooperative made up of ten Zapotec women. They are located in the community of Los Naranjos Esquipulas, where vanilla is grown in shaded coffee plantations.
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    Guitani

    Guitani is an organisation of five Zapotec farmers. They organically grow fruit trees such as apples, peaches and pears.
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    Los Macuiles Copalita

    Los Macuiles Copalita is a comprehensive organic farm, dedicated to forest yields of dry and gallery forests species.
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    Mbis Bin Semilla Para La Siembra

    A non-profit organisation that produces and sells organic inputs for farmers in the Copalita River Basin.
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    Nayé

    Nayé is a handmade beauty product enterprise founded by indigenous Zapotec. Nayé conducts and promotes environmental conservation of resources in the upper part of the Copalita River Basin.
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    Teenta Yareen

    A cooperative society of ten Zapotec women that produces organic avocados through environmentally friendly agricultural methods.
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    Unión San Pedro

    Unión San Pedro para la Agricultura Sostenible 100 Sombras is an organic cooperative society dedicated to green bean and speciality coffee production.
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    Yin Bey

    Yin Bey is a company of Zapotec women from the municipality of San Miguel Suchixtepec, who produce organic Z mushrooms.
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    Yu Naban

    Yu Naban is a group of youth volunteers committed to promoting the conservation of primary life sources in the community of San Miguel Suchixtepec.
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    Zasolidarias

    A community conservation enterprise founded by ten Zapotec women. Zasolidarias grows vanilla using eco-friendly methods.
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  • Pixed

    PIXED

    PIXED is a social enterprise that specializes in the development of low cost, high-quality medical technologies for children and adults with disabilities, including 3D-printed prosthetics.
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    Empanacombi

    Train and provide people with disabilities with quality jobs in gastronomy. They also develop kitchens adaptable to disabilities. They are currently selling their empanadas in other formats and online.
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    Café Compadre

    Empowers coffee farmers in the central Peruvian jungle by providing them with solar-powered technology to roast and sell their beans. They are now moving from selling their coffee in stores and offices to selling directly to households.
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Business Partners

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