What is a social entrepreneur?
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.Read the full story
- Fundacion Empreender FuturoAllison increases the ability for vulnerable people to improve their social status by democratizing access to business information and services.
- AnouDan 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.
- More Than SheltersDaniel prototypes dignified living concepts for refugees, bridging crucial stages of their journeys.
- Programa VivendaFernando develops affordable renovation kits that fix the issues that most impact health in the favelas in Brazil.
- Grassroot Tea CorporationJohn is creating a new model for small tea growers to organize themselves, manufacture and sell tea to markets directly while influencing policy.
- IgnitiaLiisa provides farmers in Ghana with climate data sets that allow them to increase their yield and efficiency by timing planting, cultivating, and harvesting.
- PEKKANani is reversing the pattern of discrimination against women in Indonesia by educating and enabling them to provide for their families.
- Center for Aquatic Livelihood -JaljeevikaBy 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.
- Fair Employment AgencyScott 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.
- PhulkiSuraiya has developed self-sustaining models for workplace-based care centers at factories and offices, enabling economic emancipation for women in Bangladesh.
- Sea Ranger ServiceWietse combines empowerment of unemployed youths and re-integration of navy veterans to provide a solution to the monitoring of marine protected areas.
Access Bangladesh FoundationWorking to ensure that persons with disabilities in Bangladesh are included in all aspects of development planning in the country.Read more
Futuro ForestalReforestation projects to build permanent, biodiverse, and profitable forests and motivating other land users to plant forests.Read more
Rede AstaReduction of Brazilian social inequality through the empowerment of women artisans.Read more
Mitt LivWorking with diversity and inclusion within the Swedish the labour-market to make sure everyone gets the chance they deserve.Read more
NIDANGiving India's urban poor access to financial services, technology and solicit business.Read more
SIMPLON.CODeveloping new mechanisms of social inclusion and full citizenship for at-risk populations in France.Read more
Upwardly GlobalWorking to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees in the US.Read more
Alive and KickingProduces soccer balls in Kenya providing employment, improved health and behavior to marginalized groups.Read more
Aqua Clara KenyaLeveraging networks to increase awareness of WASH practices and adoption of water filters.Read more
BeMistreHome decor and furniture products from recycled and organic raw materials led by women and youth.Read more
Enlight InstituteRecruitment, training and coaching for the youth to access employment in the solar industry.Read more
ENZIHigh-end shoe production & sales supporting workforce development and employee livelihood in Ethiopia.Read more
Felek NotebooksProduces and sells notebooks, donating supplies to rural schools and supporting education in Ethiopia.Read more
Imani CollectiveHome accessories made using natural raw materials and traditional techniques.Read more
Industree EthiopiaEnables fabrics and apparel sourcing from Ethiopian producer-owned enterprises.Read more
Kidame MartCreates opportunities for rural women to earn income by selling fast-moving goods in their communities.Read more
Nuru Social EnterprisesProduces and sells Nuru Yogurt, supporting Kenyan smallholder farmers to enhance milk production.Read more
RefuSHE Artisan CollectiveLeverages consumer preferences to provide a source of income for young refugee women.Read more
ResonateProvides leadership training to women and youth, enabling them to achieve their potential.Read more
Upcycle AfricaImproving livelihoods and tackling the plastic waste crisis in Uganda by building homes and changing mindsets.Read more
Agro SupplyA mobile layaway platform that enables farmers to save for agricultural inputs seeds, fertilizer, and training using their mobile phones.Read more
Agropreneur InitiativeAn affordable finance solution for smallholder farmers coupled with training in climate-smart agriculture and access to markets for their produce.Read more
EcoboraA clean, affordable solar cookstove that is used by rural schools and reduces indoor pollution while conserving forests.Read more
era92 CreativeWorks with businesses worldwide on digital and media development projects of which the profits are used to upskill youth in Uganda with digital skills.Read more
GreenPot EnterprisesBamboo business with interests in large scale nurseries, plantations, and an out-grower programme with small scale farmers.Read more
Hidota Farmer'sA farmers' organization owned by smallholder farmers with as its main goal to improve the economic and social status of farmers.Read more
Jaguza TechAg-tech company that aims to transform the livestock farming sector by solving major problems plaguing this sector.Read more
Mukuru Clean StovesMukuru Clean Stoves designs manufacture and distributes improved efficient and reliable cookstoves.Read more
PayWay EthiopiaPayWay Ethiopia is an e-payment service to provide banking and payment services to rural, unbanked populations.Read more
Smart FoodsSmart Foods invests in new nutritious and healthy products from soybeans, coconuts and other cereals and legumes.Read more
Solerchill TechnologiesSolar-powered cold chain technologies to help farmers, vendors and restaurant owners safely preserve their unsold food.Read more
TAI, The Accessibility InstituteProducer of low cost, high-quality Assistive Technology devices, changing the lives of low-income mobility-impaired people in Kenya and Africa.Read more
Vava CoffeeA social enterprise that has a network of coffee producers in different regions of East Africa. Vava Coffee exports, roasts and consults on coffee value chains.Read more
WimRobWorking with smallholder farmers that provide the raw materials to process and sell certified honey.Read more
AgrosolidariaAgrosolidaria produces agricultural and cosmetic products made from sustainably cultivated Amazonia plants.Read more
Bendito ResiduoBendito Residuo collects trash from Chilean companies and households and transports sorted waste to corresponding valuation facilities.Read more
Café CompadreEmpowers coffee farmers in the central Peruvian jungle by providing them with solar-powered technology to roast and sell their beans.Read more
EcocitexEcocitex sells 100% recycled textile products through more than 250 women-led businesses across Chile.Read more
Fresh & Co.Fresh & Co. is a grocery e-commerce enterprise founded in Chile that is committed to increasing earnings for small-scale farmers.Read more
IncluyemeIncluyeme is a social enterprise that connects people with disabilities to job openings at corporations to build inclusive and equitable workplaces.Read more
Maré de SaboresMaré de Sabores is dedicated to helping women in the Mare region build their financial independence providing them with training, work experience, and job opportunities in the food industry.Read more
NG-SEEDsNG-Seeds produces, processes and commercializes lupine and its byproducts, for both animal feed and human consumption.Read more
PIXEDPIXED is a social enterprise that specializes in the development of low cost, high-quality medical technologies for children and adults with disabilities.Read more
PomarioPomario was founded to transform the way that people consume vegetables. The enterprise sells organic produce, sourced from smallholder farmers and its greenhouses to Colombian families, retailers, and high-end restaurants.Read more
Café LocalCafé Local eliminates the intermediary organisation between small coffee farmers and their potential buyers allowing them to obtain fairer prices and improve the living and working conditions.Read more
ÉCHALEÉCHALE is an affordable housing social enterprise that helps people living in poverty to become owners of their own homes.Read more
Hipocampus Centros de AprendizajeHipocampus work with companies to offer on-site day-care where the children of the organisation's employees can receive a quality education.Read more
HomelyHomely wants to give domestic workers a safe, steady, and fair job by connecting them with clients and backing them up to ensure good working conditions.Read more
IluméxicoIluméxico's goal is to provide affordable electrical services to marginalised communities using solar energy.Read more
INTRAREINTRARE facilitate the integration of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Mexico’s capital city.Read more
Isla UrbanaIsla Urbana’s rainwater harvesting solution is an environmentally, social, and economic sustainable system that collects and cleans rainwater for households, schools and health clinics.Read more
PixzaPixza is a social empowerment platform and helps to fight homelessness in Mexico City through their blue corn pizza restaurants.Read more
Sistema.bioSistema.Bio links technology and financial opportunities so farmers can improve infrastructure and capacity with their biodigesters to transform waste into renewable energy and natural fertilizers.Read more
Aguilas en el MagueyÁguilas en el Maguey is a cooperative society founded by ten Zapotec women which grows quality Mezcal Agave (tequila) plants with minimal environmental impact.Read more
Alternativa Agrícola SuchixtepecAlternativa Agrícola Suchixtepec is an integrated organic farm, dedicated to the farming and local sale of rabbits.Read more
Emprendedoras de Tierra BlancaEmprendedoras de Tierra Blanca is a group made of Zapotec women that produces organic vanilla and agroforestry systems for coffee.Read more
GoocaféA 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.Read more
GuitaniGuitani is an organisation of five Zapotec farmers. They organically grow fruit trees such as apples, peaches and pears.Read more
Los Macuiles CopalitaLos Macuiles Copalita is a comprehensive organic farm, dedicated to forest yields of dry and gallery forests species.Read more
Mbis Bin Semilla Para La SiembraA non-profit organisation that produces and sells organic inputs for farmers in the Copalita River Basin.Read more
NayéNayé 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.Read more
Teenta YareenA cooperative society of ten Zapotec women that produces organic avocados through environmentally friendly agricultural methods.Read more
Unión San PedroUnión San Pedro para la Agricultura Sostenible 100 Sombras is an organic cooperative society dedicated to green bean and speciality coffee production.Read more
Yin BeyYin Bey is a company of Zapotec women from the municipality of San Miguel Suchixtepec, who produce organic Z mushrooms.Read more
Yu NabanYu Naban is a group of youth volunteers committed to promoting the conservation of primary life sources in the community of San Miguel Suchixtepec.Read more