Category: Social Enterprise

Towards Social Inclusion

Can social inclusion be achieved through market-based initiatives? The consensus seems to be that companies cannot achieve this goal alone. Partnering is of critical importance, recent articles …

NGOs and Socially Inclusive Businesses

In the nonprofit world, social mission and market-based operations and financing are seen much too often as a contradiction in terms. Relating and aligning both dimensions of organizational performance …

The Role of Government

In current discussions of market initiatives oriented towards low-income populations around the world, the government is often like the empty chair around a table. We all know its occupant exists …

Market Initiative with Low-Income Sectors

Angela, a power inspection crew member at AES-Electricidad de Caracas (AES-EDC), was inspecting an energy tower installed near a Caracas barrio. Nearby dwellers tapped the tower to get free power. …

Unlocking Opportunity

Should a private enterprise prosper by providing essential services to the poor? Consider the case of Sociedad de Aqueducto, Alcantarillado y Aseo (AAA) …

Construmex

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In 1998, José left his humble shanty house on the outskirts of Morelia, the capital city of Michoacán state in Mexico. He was dreaming of a better life for his wife Laura and his two daughters …

Cruzsalud

Walking on Petare’s La Línea street at the end of a workday is akin to flowing with the tide. Hordes of people head to their dwellings in any of the hundreds of crowded barrios that make up …

Adding Value to Wild Fruits

As Verónica Salas drove through the poverty stricken Chilean countryside in the early months of year 2000, she waved her hand to a woman and two youngsters picking berries along the road. …

Dendê Oil Family Agriculture Project

Dendê, the oil of the African oil palm in Brazilian Portuguese, is extracted from the fruit of a tree known as the dendezeiro. The economic importance of dendê palm oil extends beyond its use …

The Base of the Pyramid

Ana Delia Ibarra, a 40 year old mother of three, is one of 80,000 Community Mothers who work in marginal neighborhoods in Colombia. Back in 1986, when President Virgilio Barco created the …

The Magic of Butterflies

William Camacho worked as a laborer in a biological research station near the village of Las Horquetas, Costa Rica, when he learned from a visiting scientist of the possibility of breeding butterfly pupae …

Palmas del Espino

The Peruvian amazon has long been a magnet for the desperate and adventurous. The hidden gold of the Incas, the rubber and oil booms, and the promise of free land through government-sponsored …

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