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Anandi Pads: Helping Girls Gain Full Attendance at School

Women in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra are losing daily wages, and young women are missing up to 50 days of school per year, and all because of a lack of affordable sanitary towels. This is a social problem than can be solved through social entrepreneurship and Anandi Pads, created by Jaydeep Mandal of Aakar Innovations, aims to abolish this obstacle for girls by creating affordable, accessible green solutions. How Jaydeep Mandal and Anandi Pads is Solving an Education Crisis with Affordable, Accessible and Compostable Sanitary Towels Numerous girls and women worldwide stay

Schooling Innovators of the Future: Julia Bateson and Excite-ed

Julia Bateson found that not enough primary schools were encouraging their pupils to engage creatively with technology. In order to combat this, she has developed Excite-ed, a social enterprise which helps young children to learn using computer technology and gaming. How Julia Bateson is Developing a Digitally-Aware Generation Julia’s start-up, Excite-ed, is a social enterprise which is active in schools, and which encourages pupils and teachers to familiarize themselves with the digital world through gaming. Children and their teachers are given the tools necessary to design online

Rising Tide and the D’Eri Family are Improving the Lives of People with Autism

John D’Eri and his oldest son Tom were worried about what would happen to Andrew, the youngest of the D’Eris and a man who suffers with Autism, when both of them were gone. Because of this problem they faced, entrepreneurism became the solution and they created the Rising Tide Car Wash to provide employment opportunities for Andrew and other adults just like him. How the D’Eri Family are Making Waves in the Autistic Community Rising Tide Car Wash was designed as a concept in 2011, and was implemented in 2012. It aimed to provide employment opportunities for people with Autism, which

Architecture for a Change: John, Dirk and Anton are Building a Better World

John Saaiman, Anton Bouwer and Dirk Coetser were struck by the levels of poverty and inadequate housing right in their own city of Johannesburg. As a result, they are working together to build and design low-cost, environmentally-friendly and innovative community and private buildings both within Johannesburg and further afield. Creating solutions to problems is what makes them true entrepreneurs. How John, Dirk and Anton are Building a Future of Equality These three young architects turned social entrepreneurs formed the business Architects for a Change because they were moved to do

A Loo on a Green Energy Mission: David Auerbach of Sanergy

It is no secret that, in the developing world, sanitation continues to be a problem, and poor sanitation causes millions of deaths every year. David Auerbach, entrepreneur, is attempting to provide social solutions and devise sanitation systems in some of the world’s poorest countries that are not only effective, they’re sustainable to run and maintain. How David Auerbach is Solving the Problem of Sanitation through Sanergy According to Sanergy, over 2.6 billion people across the world do not have access to proper sanitation systems. The pollution from poor sanitation systems creates

Todd Masonis: The Dandelion Chocolate Entrepreneur Who’s Full of Beans

Todd Masonis, along with his partner Cameron Ring, started their social enterprise Dandelion Chocolate back in 2010. As well as reviving the art of high-quality, freshly-made chocolate, the entrepreneurial duo thrive on offering donations to community initiatives. How Todd Masonis is Solving Exploitation in the Cacao Sector Brimming with bright ideas, Todd Masonis of Dandelion Chocolate likes simplicity. He believes that beautiful chocolate should be made with as little interference and superfluous ingredients as possible. With a strong conviction that high-quality chocolatiers in the US

Patrick Gulpo & Fly Canvas: Education for Children, One Bag at a Time

Patrick Gulpo is one of the co-founding entrepreneurs of Fly Canvas, a company with the ethos that “everyone carries something.” His optimism, and belief in humanity, has led him to create a social enterprise that produces fashion accessories like wallets and T-shirts that in turn help children in third-world countries receive the education they need to create change in their own communities.   Patrick Gulpo is Solving the Lack of Education in Third-World Countries Fly Canvas was to be a business that did more than just send a portion of their profits to deprived schools in

Jimmy Ostholm and Porteur Bikes Transport the Poor Out of Poverty

“A bike can make the difference between going to school or not, making ends meet … or a matter of life.” That’s Porteur’s founder and entrepreneur, Jimmy Ostholm speaking about the mission behind his social enterprise. Their goal is to make bicycle ownership a reality for the millions of people living in developing countries who have never had the opportunity to own one. How Bicycles from Porteur Solve World Issues Those living in abject poverty are usually without a personal form of transportation. They cannot own a vehicle, and most likely don’t own a horse or a bicycle either. It

Inyenyeri’s Carbon-Negative Cookstove is Transforming Rwanda Energy Systems

Selling all of his assets earned as an entrepreneur in the US, Eric Reynolds founded Inyenyeri, a social enterprise set to transform the energy systems in Rwanda and make it the first carbon-negative country in the world. They’re doing this by distributing carbon-negative cookstoves that make it possible for people to prepare food with renewable energy and no harmful emissions while earning money at both ends of the lifecycle of the stove. How Inyenyeri is Solving Deforestation and Fighting Climate Change Through Green Entrepreneurism  Cookstoves contribute to several important

Ending Extreme Poverty within a Generation: Hugh Evans’ The Global Poverty Project

It’s a big job, but Hugh Evans wants to be part of the movement. Entrepreneur and founder of The Global Poverty Project, Hugh is working out his vision to end extreme poverty within a generation by raising awareness and action on the issue of extreme poverty. The expressed goal of the social organization is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action to end extreme poverty. The movement is founded on an idea similar to that of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth – to use volunteer presenters to get the message out about extreme poverty around the world. At the core is the