Is the “Micro Consignment Model” The New Micro-Financing Model (that Traditional Investors Have Been Waiting For?)

First there was Micro-Finance, connecting the ‘unbankable’ and traditionally un-collateralized to sources of credit that could be leveraged into their own businesses or micro-enterprises. If, however, some loanees were not able to develop businesses, or scale, or sustain them, they were left with outstanding debts, that when difficult to repay resulted in default.  Not an attractive social entrepreneurial (socent) model for traditional investment. Although an incredible boon to individuals in developing countries, especially to women, and a testament to innovation in the socent and social capital arenas. Enter, Micro-Franchising. It adds an already existent product or service to sell by the “entrepreneur” … Continue reading Is the “Micro Consignment Model” The New Micro-Financing Model (that Traditional Investors Have Been Waiting For?)

A Hybrid Social Enterprise Entity Gives “How To’s” on Healthy Eating

What you will find on the Parent Earth Website are videos pertaining to and promoting a variety of issues on healthy shopping, cooking, and eating options, for parents and their children. Videos on the site include: Is it Healthy to Have a Vegetarian Baby?, Daddy Does Dinner: Man With a Pan, Composting With Pre-Schoolers, and How to Have Fun at The Farmer’s Market with your Child. What you will also find on their site is that Planet Earth is a hybrid For and Non-Profit Social Enterprise, which is comprised of two separate entities– Parent Earth, Inc., (the for-profit)  and Parent … Continue reading A Hybrid Social Enterprise Entity Gives “How To’s” on Healthy Eating

Nokia’s Bike Charger – Pedaling into the BoP Market

Social Impact + cost efficiency = a BoP product innovation model While it can be used by anyone anywhere with a bike, Nokia’s ‘Bike Charger’ can certainly be seen as an example of a product created or adapted for the (Bottom of the Pyramid) BoP/developing world market- and it fits right in with the Company’s CSR policy. What is the BoP product innovation model? Bottom of the Pyramid models include established corporations, creating new ‘markets’ of consumers in under developed economies/countries through modifying their current products to be useful/used by the consumers in this new market. These products are ostensibly … Continue reading Nokia’s Bike Charger – Pedaling into the BoP Market

Pumps with Purpose: KickStarting Families Out of Poverty

The Number One Need of the Poor is a Way to Make Money. Everyone today lives in a cash economy. When you have cash, you can get food, water, shelter, medicine, and other basic necessities. If you don’t, you can’t. It is that simple. The cause of poverty is a lack of money, so what a poor person needs most is a way to make more money. WHY WE SELL OUR TOOLS? “Wouldn’t it be better to just give your pumps away?” This is a question we get asked a lot. By “better” people usually mean, “less expensive” or “more effective”. The … Continue reading Pumps with Purpose: KickStarting Families Out of Poverty

Re-inventing the Wheel…for Water

Helping people help each other, worldwide. The Problem The burden of fetching water, invariably over long distances by cumbersome and far too often, unhygienic means, is all too evident in developing countries… The Solution The Q Drum is user friendly and the unique longitudinal shaft permits the drum to be pulled using a rope tied through the hole. There are no removable or breakable handles or axles, and the rope can be repaired on the spot or easily replaced… Efficient & Fun Even a child can pull 50 litres of water over flat terrain for several kilometres without undue strain, … Continue reading Re-inventing the Wheel…for Water

Social Enterprise + the World Wide Web = An Incubator for Disadvantaged Youth, Women, & Minorities

Don’t think an organization can “Really” make the world a better place and change the landscape of business? We create student-driven local websites that help reduce poverty and promote diversity. We help: Students experience the web startup culture and low-risk ownership Local businesses & promising aspiring talent reach their full marketing potential Local residents connect with each other & save $ on their purchases Disadvantaged youth become successful Web Social Entrepreneurs Create and keep wealth in local communities (The niche, grassroots based websites that we create are started without any traditional institutional venture capital.) The act of a person who … Continue reading Social Enterprise + the World Wide Web = An Incubator for Disadvantaged Youth, Women, & Minorities

Bottle for Bottle…Bottle by Bottle – Giving Back and Giving Health

Bottle For Bottle During the summer of 2010 Josh Rubin and Gabriel D’Amico-Mazza set out to launch a new company. Inspired by the growing number of social entrepreneurs Josh and Gabe decided to incorporate giving into their new business. The result was Build Nutrition, a company that would donate one bottle of vitamins to a pregnant woman in need for every bottle sold. Build Nutrition is more than a brand… we are a movement. By bridging the for-profit and non-profit worlds our customers have the opportunity to turn into philanthropists without changing anything in their daily lives. Why Vitamins? In … Continue reading Bottle for Bottle…Bottle by Bottle – Giving Back and Giving Health