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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 […]

About the Courage to Keep Organizational Structures Agile

“I learned the value of investing time in managing my organization’s structure, as this has a direct impact on all staff and the company’s future”, says Wesley Meier, founder of EOS International and a member of empowering people. Network (epNetwork). Inspired by epNetwork’s workshop on organizational development in 2017, Wesley and his team have been […]

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 […]

Managing Behavioural Change One Dump at a Time

A few years ago, if you spoke about waste management to people living in low-income areas in Nairobi, their response would be simplistic – throwing anything and everything anywhere outside their homes. Overall in Kenya waste generation has been increasing aligned with its rapid urbanization. Urban Africa puts the amount of solid waste generated in […]

More Mobile Phones than Toilets Makes FinTech a Key Player in Social Entrepreneurship

The digital era is touching everything that it comes in contact with. While there are distruptions felt across the board, the rapid progress towards a global digital economy is an area that is of interest for our work.

Brewing a Sustainable Cuppa with Café Compadre

There’s a reason for Cristobal Olórtegui a coffee farmer from the Sauriaki community in Peru to smile as he reaps the fruits of his labour – wiping the coffee foam moustache as he takes a sip. For 43 years he has been selling raw coffee beans for US $ 2.50 per/ kilogram (kg) but now […]

OneDollarGlasses: las gafas ofrecen nuevas perspectivas de vida a los habitantes de Burkina Faso

Los expertos estiman que alrededor de 700 millones de personas en todo el mundo carecen de acceso a las gafas, pese a necesitarlas, y que por lo tanto, están en desventaja en cuanto a  educación, interacción social y mercado laboral, debido a que son incapaces de realizar muchas actividades. La asociación OneDollarGlasses,  ganadora de los […]

OneDollarGlasses: New Life Perspectives in Burkina Faso Thanks to Glasses

Experts estimate that around 700 million people worldwide have no access to glasses – and are thus disadvantaged in education, social interaction and the labor market, because they are unable to perform many activities. The OneDollarGlasses Association, winner of the first empowering people. Award 2013, manufactures affordable glasses for developing countries, and has to date […]

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Emprendeduría educativa #2: videolibros en lengua de signos

En la primera parte de esta serie de blogs de emprendeduría educativa hablamos con Isabel Sheinman sobre el proyecto “Library for All”, cuyo objetivo es poner el conocimiento y las oportunidades al alcance de los niños de los países en vías de desarrollo con acceso limitado a materiales educativos. Hoy vamos a presentarle a otro […]

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Edupreneurship #1: A Library for All

Edupreneurs are entrepreneurs from the education sector who are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. The digital change especially offers many opportunities for advancing and reshaping existing analogue approaches, while developing new ideas and helpful advice that give children and adults access to education. This applies equally to school systems in […]