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
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Social entrepreneurs we work with
- Allison Silva
Fundacion Empreender FuturoAllison increases the ability for vulnerable people to improve their social status by democratizing access to business information and services.
- Dan Drescoll
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.
- Daniel Kerber
More Than SheltersDaniel prototypes dignified living concepts for refugees, bridging crucial stages of their journeys.
- Doi TungThe Doi Tung’s creates livelihood for tribal people living in the mountain area of Doi Tung. Their mission is to ensure that their artisans, who have small opportunities to get jobs, are economically self-reliant, without compromising the environment or their own cultural values. So far our collaboration has resulted in 7+ collections.
- Fernando Assad
Programa VivendaFernando developes affordable renovation kits that fix the issues that most impact health in the favelas in Brazil.
- Industree Producer TransformLocated in the south of India, Industree Producer Transform nurtures traditional craftsmanship through the making of handwoven products out of natural materials like banana fibres. This, in turn, supports the livelihoods for over 2500 people.
- John John
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.
- Jordan River FoundationJordan River Foundation (JRF) provides jobs for women refugees and for Jordanian women in need of work. The first joint IKEA and JRF collection, named TILLTALANDE, was produced by more than 100 women, a number that has increased to 250.
- Liisa Smits
IgnitiaLiisa provides farmers in Ghana with climate data sets that allow them to increase their yield and efficiency by timing planting, cultivating, and harvesting.
- Mabel Torres
BIOINNOVAMabel grew up in one of Colombia’s poorest regions and have returned to combine science and entrepreneurship and launch a growing ecosystem of successful businesses.
- Nani Zulminarni
PEKKANani 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-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.
- Scott Stiles
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.
- Suraiya Haque
PhulkiSuraiya has developed self-sustaining models for workplace-based care centers at factories and offices, enabling economic emancipation for women in Bangladesh.
- The White Nile projectThe Arabica coffee beans that grow close to the Murchison Falls in Uganda don’t only result in great coffee, but also in the empowerment of Ugandan farmers and their families. The coffee is sold in IKEA stores all over the world.
- Wietse van der Werf
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.