“Who Made Your Pants?” Don’t ‘Sweat’ it; This UK Co. Up-cycles & Provides Great Working Conditions for Women

Lingerie and Human Rights? Who Made Your Pants Founder Becky John, found a way to marry two of her long time passions, by taking sweat shops out of the under garment production equation. When you ask yourself ‘Who made your pants?,’ if they are indeed from this UK Company, you can be assured they were stiched up in the Southamption factory’s cooperative, where jobs are being created “for women who’ve had a hard time.” To top (or bottom) it off, the Company is removing items from the  waste stream, by up-cycling the fashion industry’s un-used end of season remnants and designs. Finally, all profits … Continue reading “Who Made Your Pants?” Don’t ‘Sweat’ it; This UK Co. Up-cycles & Provides Great Working Conditions for Women

In Honor of Three Women and a Peace Prize…We are Recognizing a Social Enterprise That Empowers Women to Bring (More) Healthy Women Into the World

“We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society,” said Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, in announcing the prize.  In honor of three women sharing the award of the Nobel Peace Prize today, we are Blogging about a social enterprise that will be directly responsible for decreasing maternal mortality and bringing more, healthy baby girls into the world (and we hope), into the Peace process as well! In India for example, a recent Save the Children report, ranked the country … Continue reading In Honor of Three Women and a Peace Prize…We are Recognizing a Social Enterprise That Empowers Women to Bring (More) Healthy Women Into the World

New Business in the UK is Increasingly Social

“The findings are detailed in Fightback Britain, a report based on the largest analysis of the social enterprise sector in the UK, supported by the Co-operative Bank.  It reveals that social enterprises, which exist to benefit society and reinvest their profits, are twice as likely as mainstream businesses to have reported growth in the last year. They are also more likely to be led by women, young people, and those from minority ethnic groups. Research uncovers ‘start-up explosion’ in Britain’s most deprived communities – highlights from the report include: 39% of all social enterprises are based and working in the most deprived communities … Continue reading New Business in the UK is Increasingly Social

Ahkun: Providing a Marketplace Where the Micro-Finance Model Usually Ends

Like a cross between Kiva and Etsy, Ahkun works to close the cycle for artisans and micro-enterprise owners who have received micro-finance loans to begin their own business enterprises, by providing them a marketplace to sell their goods. The potential to sell their goods in non-local and international markets (where they may receive higher prices for their products), allows them to continue creating goods, and also to scale up their micro-enterprises. From the Ahkun website: “Ahkun CONNECTS artisans and entrepreneurs to the global marketplace. We harness the power of the web to provide microloan recipients access to the global market, … Continue reading Ahkun: Providing a Marketplace Where the Micro-Finance Model Usually Ends

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?)

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