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

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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

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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

Brooks Dame of Proof Eyewear: Social Enterprise with an Ethical Edge

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In the Amazonian rainforest alone, an estimated three football pitches of trees is felled every 60 seconds. Brooks Dame is the social entrepreneur behind Proof Eyewear, a fashion brand manufacturing wooden sunglasses in a sustainable way. Brooks Dame is Working to Create Sustainable Eyewear that Protects Forests Brooks Dame had devised an exciting idea for a business. He adored how wood felt on his fingertips, and was inspired by his grandpa to create a brand offering wooden accessories to the masses. Aware of the sustainability issues surrounding the use of wood worldwide, Dame decided

Beth Doane: The Entrepreneur Making Fashionable Tees Organic, Ethical

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After starting a business that specialized in imports and exports, Beth Doane realized that the fashion industry was placing the wellbeing of factory workers and the environment at risk. Inspired to become a social entrepreneur, she started RainTees, where every purchase of a T-shirt gives something back to Central America. How Beth Doane is Solving the Problems of Mass Production Beth Doane initially started Andira International, a business that aimed to import – and export – fashion products worldwide. It was during her travels that she realized the severe consequences that the

Jimmy Ostholm and Porteur Bikes Transport the Poor Out of Poverty

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“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

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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

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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

Jason Aramburu Creates re:char to Fight Climate Change, Solve Agriculture Problems

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Fighting climate change and food shortages in East Africa, Jason Aramburu’s re:char social enterprise has created innovative products that can be used in developed nations, too. This green entrepreneur for change has his eyes on solving multiple environmental and social problems using triple bottome line thinking to create a revolution in agriculture and sustainability around the world. How re:char is Reinventing Fertilizer and Fighting Global Warming Jason Aramburu started re:char following the 2008 financial crisis after evaluating potential projects to take on following the downturn.

D-Rev Brings High-Impact, Low-Cost Social Innovations to Market

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Recognizing that many solutions developed to help people in poverty are ineffective, inappropriate, and often too costly, D-Rev’s mission is to create products that improve the health and incomes of those living on less than $4 per day with practical, affordable solutions. With Krista Donaldson at the head of the social enterprise, D-Rev is meeting this goal, impacting millions of lives with their life-transforming products. How D-Rev is Making Health Products Available to Those Living on $4 or Less Per Day D-Rev’s guiding principle: The idea has to result in a product that will touch

1 lb of Ocean Plastic Gone per Sale via Brian Linton’s United By Blue

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It is estimated that over 14 billion pounds of plastic waste enter oceans every single year by human hands. That’s a huge problem for marine wildlife and the beauty of our oceans, too, and it’s an issue entrepreneur Brian Linton wants to draw attention to through his green entrepreneurial venture, United By Blue, one pound at a time. How United By Blue is Cleaning Up the Ocean, One Pound at a Time “Our oceans are not the oceans of our ancestors, teaming with fish and crystal clear for miles and miles. Our oceans are emptier of life—and more full of plastic debris.” That’s the guiding