Ensuring the End User is at the Core of a Business Model: Why I Chose to Be a Social Enterprise
There is a perfect start, there is a less than perfect start and there is an imperfect start. As a social entrepreneur, the thing I have learned is that it pays to START- even if it’s less than perfect or imperfect.So,...
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Submitted by: Dr. Parveez Ubed
eLearning for Social Enterprises: Lessons from the DM Pilot
Earlier this year, the World Bank Group Leadership, Learning and Innovation vice presidency’s Development Marketplace program piloted its first eLearning course for social enterprises, “Innovative Business Models for Better...
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Submitted by: Cristina Navarrete Moreno
Pitfalls and Stumbling Blocks: The Challenges of Being a Social Enterprise
In 2005, I took a strategic decision. Much as I loved surgery, I shifted my focus to Tuberculosis, (TB). While I faced criticism and jeers from my colleagues and other NGOs, I quickly realized my next challenge. In order to...
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Submitted by: Dr. Shelly Batra
Agriculture as Enterprise: An Evolution of Thought and Perspective to Increase Outcomes for India's Farmers
It started with data!   In 2007-08, an evaluation by Catalyst Management Services of a tribal livelihoods initiative for the State Planning Commission of Madhya Pradesh showed that agriculture as a livelihoods option was...
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Submitted by: Pramel Kumar Gupta
Collaborating to Support Small-Scale Innovations to Scale: Sankalp Africa and Global
Fostering partnerships, relationships and collaboration is crucial to “opening the door” to scaling innovative solutions from social entrepreneurs that help people around the globe pull themselves out of poverty. This was...
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Submitted by: Cristina Navarrete Moreno
Seeing Things Clearly: Accessible Eye Care for the Rural Poor
I graduated from the Government Medical College in Guwahati (Assam) in the summer of 2007 as an ophthalmologist. I was confident that I would start a successful eye care practice in Upper Assam, in my hometown Jorhat. But,...
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Submitted by: Dr. Parveez Ubed
Innovative Business Models for Better Impact: Why eLearning for Social Entrepreneurs?
Once a week, Don Francisco, a coffee grower in rural Bolivia, travels by foot for 50kms to the closest town, so that he can use the only computer center available in a 90km radius. Once there, he checks New York’s stock...
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Submitted by: Alexandra Endara
A Deep Love for Egypt Spurs Social Entrepreneurial Spirit
My father was a pharmacist in Giza, Egypt, with a number of pharmacies dotted throughout the city. Growing up, he engaged me in discussions on public and current affairs and encouraged me to argue my opinions on what was...
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Submitted by: Rania Salah Seddik
October Grantee of the Month: FIA Global Focuses on Alternative Tech To Connect the Last Mile to Banking Services
Afsar Ali and the five members of his family live in a cramped two bedroom apartment in Patna, the largest city in India’s poorest region of Bihar. Each day, he drives his taxi for hours on end, all to make a meager 200...
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Submitted by: Blythe Nicole Kladney
TEDxWBG: Scaling Up Services, Together We Can Eliminate TB
This bag belongs to Rinki. Rinki doesn’t need it anymore. She was thrown out school when she got tuberculosis. So this is tuberculosis or TB, as it’s commonly known. Though fully curable disease, it has now become a...
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Submitted by: Dr. Shelly Batra