Using business to change lives of the ‘small people’; the story of three African social entrepreneurs

Leading Change - Social Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurship is a growing model of global development, particularly in Africa, a continent where many are fatigued by the often prescriptive, top-down solutions that the traditional aid industry tends to favour.

What is unique about social entrepreneurs is their ability to draw upon business techniques to find solutions to social problems, and in that way provide goods and services to groups that are otherwise underserved by businesses, such as the urban poor or rural communities.

There has to be a commitment to excellence, and quality, as Colombian social entrepreneur Catalina Escobar, President of the Juan Felipe Foundation, puts it: “If you bring poor things to the poor, you’re extending poverty and misery. But if you bring the best to the poor … social transformation will kick in.”

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship last week awarded eleven social entrepreneursfrom around the world – three from Africa, and one…

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Author: Mellodia

I love life and to live life to the fullest.The Bible is my lifeplan. My main focus is to always keep God first and he will direct and guide me on this awesome journey. Without him I would be totally lost. I have suffered so many hard life lessons which most I brought on myself and learned some tough lessons. I mean tough. Lots and lots of pain. Lots and Lots of Joy. I started small business while living in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1995, Mahogany Enterprises,Inc. I look forward to re-branding company as the umbrella for other entrepreneurs. The first will be myself as an affiliate marketer for which will be offering digital products. As a Click Bank affiliate so many doors are opening with other awesome vendors Soon you will be able to see these awesome teams advertised on my website and blogs. My hobbies are listening to music and creating playlists,searching graphics/inspirational words to add to social media sites, reading books, word search puzzles and online gaming. Biggest joy is taking care of my baby boy, American Stafford, BOSS! You will get a chance to see him too! He follows me all around the house and is very very protective. He knows he is deeply loved.

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