While it is hard to imagine, even countries as developed as the US have domestic poverty. The current economic slowdown doesn’t help matters at all, but thankfully social entrepreneurs like Elizabeth Brown and Mesh Gelman of Blanket America are pioneering ways to let Americans help each other. Their buy-one-give-one (BOGO) solution provides much-needed bedding for low-income families in America. How Blanket America is Solving Domestic Poverty Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the US is not immune to poverty. Millions of American families are struggling to
Social entrepreneurs are individuals whose goal is to respond to the most pressing social problems through innovative solutions. These solutions are creative business ideas that do not only aim to make money, but to bring about changes in the society as well. In this section, we will discuss different business opportunities with a cause.
Babies are incredibly vulnerable, depending on adults for their daily needs, yet many are born into low-income families and communities of extreme poverty, and therefore lack proper nutrition, healthcare, and even clothing. The clothes that they do have are often hand-me-downs from older siblings that are worn out, too small or too big. Thank goodness for social enterprises like Baby Teresa that are working to help these babies by donating a romper for every piece you purchase through their buy one give one program. Baby Teresa’s Innovative Buy-One-Give-One Organic Baby Rompers Baby
How TOMS Shoes is Solving Footwear for the Extremely Poor If you’ve had shoes on your feet your whole life, you may have never experienced the challenges of living without them. Without shoes, children are more prone to injury and disease – especially diseases transmitted through soil. Cuts and scrapes can develop into serious infections, some of which are life threatening. The social entrepreneurs from TOMS shoes have got a solution through its buy one give one program. Without shoes, children are often hindered from receiving an education. After all, it’s difficult to walk to school if
How SunNight Solar and Bogo Light are Bringing Renewable Energy and Illumination to the Poor "We design and manufacture solar powered products which have a positive impact on people and the planet" That’s the mission statement of social enterprise SunNight Solar. Up to 2 billion people worldwide don’t have access to affordable illumination for everyday living. For those of us who have access to light all of the time, it may be surprising to realize how much the lack of it impacts quality of life. People in developing countries without light cannot cook, read, study, or do other household
Social entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs are changing the world by helping to empower other women and lessening their burden of fetching water for their family. Carrying water, often for long distances, is a burden shared by women in developing countries around the world. It involves hours of walking, waiting in line, and carrying heavy pots, jars, buckets, or jerry cans filled with water. A woman must collect enough water for her household and this involves carrying a heavy 5 gallon 42 pound bucket on her head every day, which can can injure her spine. Fulfilling this basic need,
Solar is a booming industry these days. With an abundance of venture capital pouring into solar startups on everything from mega solar utility projects to home solar lease companies, it's no surprise that more and more social entrepreneurs are trying to get in on the solar game. However, another breed of entrepreneurs are trying to bring solar to the people who need it the most - the world's poorest people in the developing world. While in the developed world, solar may seem like a luxury available to homeowners with extra cash to burn, in the developing world, solar can mean life or
Social entrepreneurs are creative individuals who provide solutions for the most complicated social problems. These capable people are able to identify the problem at hand and come up with the most effective methods to spread palpable ideas so that the society, as a whole, will be able to cooperate to overcome the crisis. A social entrepreneur is ambitious, motivated, resourceful, and results-oriented. Through social entrepreneurship, businesses not only earn profit, but are able to address social and environmental issues at the same time. Social enterprises are commercial businesses that