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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. […]

Discover the power of your personal story

People love stories. From early childhood we relate to them easily. At first sight, the facts and figures of a business don’t fit to great storytelling, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Narratives can be a real asset for an inclusive business. And we are convinced that entrepreneurs can use storytelling to reach […]

Toolification: My personal journey in shaping the way we do business support at SEED

My journey with SEED and providing one-on-one business support for eco-inclusive enterprises started in 2009. I worked with enterprises from Kenya and Ghana on their business plans, which at the time seemed to be already quite advanced. Given the maturity of their business plans, I assumed that the people behind those enterprises had a clear idea […]

The forge of ingenuity: social entrepreneurs innovate through challenges

Social entrepreneurship – After more than fifty years it is still hindered by the perception that all social good should be funded by donations and charity. Yet social entrepreneurs are potentially the richest source of new business principles, argues Hlamalani Ngwenya, who recently co-facilitated an epOnsite training session in Johannesburg, South Africa.