According to The Schwab Foundation: “Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. They pursue poverty alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices.”
Most social entrepreneurs see a problem in the world and feel a need to fix it. They see something that tugs at their heart and feel the need to make it better. Whether it is shoe-less children or a village that has no safe water, a social entrepreneur sees that and feels a need to help.
If you have found yourself in this situation, you can help. Here are three tips to get you started.
- Build a community first, a business second. Talk to like-minded people who want to help too. Pool your ideas and make a plan.
- Consider how your experience and skills can contribute to making a situation better.
- Dream big, but start small. Start with people you know, tell them what you’re doing and why. Get their feedback and support.
An example of how social entrepreneurs can change the lives of impoverished villagers is Someone Somewhere. Someone Somewhere started with US college students selling embroidered shirts made by artisans in a poor Mexican village. Four years ago the shirts were sold by word of mouth. Today, Someone Somewhere works with artisans from six communities in Puebla, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, three of the poorest states in Mexico. The artists who create the shirts are now living above the poverty line for the first time. Imagine the difference this makes, not just to the artisans, but to the people in their villages.
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