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Keeping our network alive during Covid-19: Lessons learned and digital ways of connecting

The empowering people. Network consists of approximately 60 social enterprises, spread all over the world, from the Philippines to the U.S., South Africa to Europe, and Argentina to China. Usually we meet in person in different constellations 2-4 times a year for epWorkshops, training sessions, and sometimes the whole epNetwork cohort gets together, like at […]

“No hablamos el mismo idioma” – Cómo se interconectan el lenguaje de las finanzas y el crecimiento de SocEnts

“Chévere” significa generalmente “fantástico, genial, impresionante” en español, pero no en todas partes. Por ejemplo, no es nada frecuente el uso del término “chévere” en España o puede encontrar gente en El Salvador que utilice “chivo”, o “chiva” en Costa Rica y “chido” en México para denominar lo mismo. Puede que incluso haya pedido un […]

“No hablamos el mismo idioma” – How the language of finance and growth of SocEnts are interconnected

“Chévere” generally means “terrific, cool, awesome” in Spanish, but not everywhere. You won’t usually hear someone in Spain using the term “chévere” and you may find people in El Salvador using “chivo,” or “chiva” in Costa Rica, and “chido” in Mexico. You may have even ordered a hot dog in Guatemala using the same term. […]

La historia de TRIEX: nuestra travesía como “empresa gestionada por empleados y propiedad de los mismos”

Acerca de TRIEX y su fundadora, Ana Luisa Arocena Con la creación de TRIEX en 2001, se hizo realidad el primer sistema para la gestión de residuos peligrosos en Uruguay. Desde la caracterización y el diseño del sistema, pasando por la recopilación, la clasificación, la segregación, los diversos tratamientos físico-químicos y de acondicionamiento y, hasta […]

The TRIEX Story – Our Journey as an ‘Employee Owned & Operated Company’

About TRIEX and Founder, Ana Luisa Arocena With the creation of TRIEX in 2001, Uruguay saw its first system to manage some hazardous waste. From the characterization and design of the system, to collection, classification, segregation, diverse conditioning and physicochemical treatments, and distribution of waste to various centers, TRIEX is a pioneer when it comes […]

Two Special Award Winners Epitomize What it Means to be Social Entrepreneurs

At this year’s empowering people. Award (epAward), two social enterprises were awarded with special awards that truly highlight their impact on the developing world. To recognize a Water & Sanitation initiative that fits the bill as a smart, technical solution, Knorr-Bremse Global Care presented a €20,000 Special WASH Award. Furthermore, Siemens Stiftung presented the €10,000 […]

The Future Looks Bright – a Spotlight on our Top 3 epAward2019 Winners

The latest empowering people. Award (epAward) ceremony held in Cairo in July, 2019 marked the third installment of Siemens Stiftung’s social development initiative which celebrates enterprises that have developed smart, technical solutions to remove some of the world’s biggest roadblocks. To honor the important work of our new empowering people. Network (epNetwork) members, here is […]

Structure Transparency and Accountability from the Bottom Up

A social entrepreneur’s journey is a steep and constant learning curve! For Guido van Hofwegen and his wife Lieselotte Heederik making a pan-continent move from the Netherlands to Banda Aceh in Indonesia is a testimony of that. With the aim to support the post Tsunami reconstruction work in Indonesia, the couple soon realized the massive […]

Financing for Good – Finding Sustainable Models for Social Enterprises

Financing is one of the biggest challenges to any entrepreneur. For social entrepreneurs – an industry which sees little investment, despite its high impact – this is an even bigger obstacle to success. To help get over this obstacle, empowering people. Network brought 19 entrepreneurs together in Johannesburg, South Africa, this August. These entrepreneurs, coming from Burkina […]

Help yourself to an ‘Aha’ moment in Organizational Development

Together with SEED/adelphi, Siemens Stiftung developed a toolkit on Organizational Development for social businesses. Why? Because we realized that many social entrepreneurs are challenged by leading a growing team and building up longlasting structures. Kay Eunkyung Kang works for SEED and was part of the epOnsite of the empowering people. Network in Mumbai this year. […]