2015 Nominees Videos
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Destiny Foundation / Reflection
Destiny Foundation the nonprofit and “Reflection” the social business works to end sex trafficking through dignified economic empowerment.
To reach its mission Organisation offers on job training to make high quality fashion accessories to the rescued girls, and women in prostitution.
After completion of training women’s are offered employment in the business armensuring they are economically empowered and self sufficient .
“Reflection” creates employments opportunity for the women by marketing these products globally ; creating opportunity for the global Citizen to buy the products and support the cause. The organization uses environment friendly raw materials, conserving healthy work atmosphere.
The Women’s Bakery
The Women’s Bakery (TWB) develops women-owned bakeries in impoverished areas, currently in East Africa. TWB equips poor women with the technical, business and life skills necessary for their economic autonomy and social opportunity. TWB trains women to source local, nutritious ingredients to produce and sell affordable breads. TWB also trains women to profitably own, operate and manage bakeries, which provide their personal incomes. These bakeries are supported by TWB, a parent non-profit, which provides the model, ongoing training, and long-term development opportunities. Rather than build bakeries as an act of charity, TWB uses business as a tool for social change.
WomenX is a pilot program providing business education and support services to women entrepreneurs running small and medium sized enterprises in Karachi. In total, 8 groups of 40-50 women will participate in a 4-month certificate course that includes 16 days of in-class business education and soft skills training, in addition to small group MasterMindTM sessions (peer-to-peer coaching) and networking events. Approximately half of each cohort then participates in a 5-month tailored coaching phase that includes one-on-one mentoring, small group business clinics addressing participant-generated business issues, together with continued networking and MasterMindTM sessions. So far, 2 groups (95 women) have taken part.
Zaya Learning Labs Private Limited
Zaya Learning Lab’s Teaching Assistant’s program is run specifically for women from an underprivileged background. They recruit them from local communities through local NGOs. After an initial screening, the women are given training in English and teacher training. Development managers give them training about Zaya products, blended learning, planning for the classroom, delivery of instruction, how to seamlessly integrate technology in the classroom and data analysis. These women were previously un-employed or were employed in irregular jobs. After the training all women are provided with certificates and reference letter. After an interview, successful participants are hired and employed across Zaya Learning Lab’s schools.
Amal Women’s Training Center and Moroccan Restaurant
Amal is a culinary training center in Marrakesh, Morocco dedicated to empowering disadvantaged women. The women have little/no education, some have worked as child maids, while others care for their children with very little resources. At Amal, they learn a variety of restaurant skills, in addition to language classes, life coaching, and enrichment classes like art and sports. Amal is a positive environment in which they gain skills and self-esteem. After graduation, they are assisted in finding a job in the food industry.
DiDi’s (A Unit of Sisters in Solidarity)
DiDi’s, a Lucknow based social enterprise that was founded in 2008 motivated by the goal of empowering very poor women, by skilling them and providing livelihoods. It started with 4 women and an annual turnover of $20,000 and now employs 65 women and has an annual turnover of $300,000. DiDi’s is run ‘by women’ and ‘for women. Through its 3 arms – DiDi’s Foods, Creations and Driving, we educate, equip and empower women to enable them to fight poverty, discriminatory violence and low self-esteem. Our profits are deployed towards the education of their daughters and other girls like them.
Empower Generation (EG) is an innovative social enterprise combating poverty in Nepal by reducing gender inequality and increasing access to energy. Last April we began Project Sol, a donation response project to distribute free solar power and light to those affected by the earthquake. The objectives are:
• To provide immediate solar power and light relief to remote communities displaced by the earthquake.
• To support long-term rebuilding by expanding our women-led solar distribution network– recruiting new sales agents and starting new solar enterprises serving the affected community. Project Sol is developed in three phases (Relief, Restore and Resilience)
Lallitara turns discarded Indian saris into high-value fashion for eco-conscious customers. Over 100 million saris—essentially five yards of unstitched fabric—are discarded in India every year. Informal recyclers go door-to-door collecting these old saris, attempting to earn a living by reselling them in second-hand markets. Unfortunately, they make less than one-dollar a day doing this laborious trade. Imagine a world in which these hardworking men and women were paid fair wages, and respected for the awesome recycling work they do. Lallitara aims to do just that. In fact, through our innovative business model, we aim to revolutionize the fashion industry every step of the way.
Solar Sister is the world’s leading social enterprise in eradicating energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. We combine the breakthrough potential of solar and clean cooking technologies with a deliberately women-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to even the most remote communities across Africa. Through equipping women with vital entrepreneurial and technical skills, Solar Sister is breaking down barriers that typically prevent women from becoming involved in their own businesses. At the heart of Solar Sister is our belief that women must be a part of building a sustainable and equitable future for all.
In Afghanistan, where social barriers facing women wishing to enter the workforce are high, Turquoise Mountain gives Afghan women the tools they need to become successful artisan entrepreneurs. Over 50% of the student body at the Turquoise Mountain Institute in the crafts of calligraphy and jewelry are women, and those who graduate are supported to establish their own businesses, build international market linkages, and change international perceptions of Afghanistan through participation in exhibitions, such as at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. in 2016. Turquoise Mountain also provides bursaries to ensure that Afghan women from poor backgrounds can become artisan entrepreneurs.
Aakar Innovations Pvt. Ltd.
Aakar sets up mini-factories that produce accessible, hygienic, and eco-friendly ~100 % Compostable sanitary napkins while creating livelihood opportunities for women in the rural villages and urban slums of India. Not only do these women produce the pads, but they also distribute and sell them as entrepreneurs. Aakar also spreads awareness about how menstruation is a natural and biological process that should have no shame associated with it. The educational sessions are held by Aakar’s non-profit arm that focuses on spreading knowledge, freeing women from shame, and expanding the dialogue past gender and into all menstruation contextual factors.
Avante fosters entrepreneurship and income generation and creates a meaningful impact in BoP communities. This video brings testimonies from Avante’s stakeholders Edson Silva and José Arnaldo da Silva, showing a classical example of the win-win situation that we have been fostering in the Brazilian slumps.
Avante’s mission is to “Humanize Financial Services”. WE STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT OUR CLIENT IS MORE THAN A SIMPLE NUMBER, more than a mere bank account number or a taxpayer ID.
Farm Capital Africa Limited
Farm Capital Africa Ltd is a social impact agri-investment company that channels Capital to profitable and sustainable Agriventures in Africa. This is done by partnering with small scale farmers with great growth potential, and through investor networks that enable them to access the funds they need to scale up their Agriventures.
This is all done through a Profit and Loss sharing arrangement between the Agripreneur, FCA and the Investor. We inject capital funding in the form of equity and provide business and technical support to the agri-businesses.
Protoprint Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Protoprint is a social enterprise that works collaboratively with waste picker co-operatives in India to provide them with low-cost technology to add value to the waste plastic they collect. Specifically, we’ve been developing machinery to extrude waste plastic into 3D printer filament. Our pilot implementation is with a waste picker co-operative called SWaCH. We have set up a production shed at the garbage dump and work with about 40 wastepickers to source the plastic. We pay the co-operative Rs.300/kg of filament processed (as compared to Rs.14/kg the wastepickers normally get by selling the plastic to scrap dealers)
Impact Investment Shujog Limited (Shujog)
A unique, sustainable technical assistance (TA) Program, Shujog ACTS prepares social enterprises (SEs) to become investment ready and scale their operations to increase impact in their communities.
The program works by:
• Pairing SEs with professional service partners that deliver an investment
readiness package essential to attract investment capital
• Providing an interest-free advance to procure these services
• Delivering an impact assessment verifying their results. ACTS targets SEs in
critical development sectors across Asia, and supports women-focused businesses.
By offering a program to overcome the growth constraints impactful SEs face, Shujog unlocks impact investments and expands the social results SEs have.
Activate Solutions has pioneered a new approach through which they have trained unemployed young people in Botswana and Nigeria to undertake economic research. This approach has been tested on three research projects and it was found that it was possible to train young people to undertake relatively advanced research. This was achieved by using a very structured approach in which trainees learnt basic data capture skills then moved to more advanced analysis and report writing. Activate Solutions has developed a three month training programme which will provide sufficient time for the trainees to develop the full range and depth of skills needed to undertake advanced research.
Fairphone started in 2010 as a project to raise awareness about conflict minerals in consumer electronics and the wars that the mining of these minerals is fueling in the DR Congo. By creating a smartphone, we are using commercial strategies to maximize our social impact at every stage of the value chain, from sourcing and design to production and recycling.
When selecting our suppliers to make the Fairphone, we focus on creating positive impact in regions in which the electronics supply chain is most active. We work on sourcing conflict-free minerals from the DRC and surrounding high-risk areas to contribute to alternatives to current mining practices, empowering workers and improving the livelihoods of the local population.
In China, our goal is to work closely with our manufacturers to ensure worker representation, safe working conditions and fair pay. With the partners we engage with directly, we assess conditions at the factory, identify areas that need improvement and work on solutions together.
Alliant Global Strategies, Inc.
AGS offers broadband communications training and installation and business process outsourcing / call center services in the United States. Our focus is on improving economic development through long-term B2B and B2G relationships, domestically and abroad. With an IMPACT SOURCING foundation, we ensure continuous quality of service experiences with all customers, internal and external. Our office is in a public housing community in Richmond, Virginia, and it is our intentional focus to create jobs in low-income/impoverished communities throughout the world. The training project, installation teams and BPO services effectively support our Impact Sourcing job creation strategies.
The Fundación Paraguaya invented an innovative Financially Self-Sustainable Secondary School model that provides students from poor, rural areas with academic, vocational, and entrepreneurial education. The students spend half their time in the classroom receiving traditional instruction, and half their time “learning by doing;” being trained and mentored as they run various school businesses based on market trends. Because the students run and operate the school as part of their business skills education, the school is financially self-sufficient, requiring no additional government/donor funding, cutting the cost of attendance and removing a common barrier to entry to receiving quality education.
Eliminating traditional barriers that persons with disabilities face, J.Lodge provides purpose to these socially disadvantaged, yet highly deserving, individuals. Employment with J.Lodge offers much needed social interaction for our home-bound team members, and a sense of belonging that allows them to regain their dignity and take pride in performing meaningful tasks every day. Through their contributions, employees attain confidence and a sense of achievement.
Our disabled employees garner a feeling of independence that has allowed them to enjoy a more comfortable life with supplemental income, and boast the personal reward of contributing to their family and society.
Piramal Udgam is an Impact Sourcing Service Provider (ISSP) that envisions empowering rural women by generating livelihood opportunities for them through top-quality outsourcing services provided to global clients at competitive prices. Udgam addresses challenges faced in rural India, namely women empowerment and unemployment, by introducing an innovative approach of sourcing jobs to the rural areas, and making the women employable by imparting skills through training. It’s a one-of-its-kind model that generates livelihood for ‘educated’ rural women that not only provides an opportunity for them to earn but also makes the women adept in technology.
Aduna is an Africa-inspired health brand and social business. Our mission is to create demand for under-utilised natural products from small producers in Africa – starting with baobab, the wild-harvested nutrient-dense superfruit 10m households can provide. Since launching in 2012, we have invested heavily in marketing to drive awareness of baobab amongst consumers & trade, taking it from complete obscurity to an internationally best-selling superfood distributed in 15 markets. We are now plugging the demand directly to communities in Ghana via our smallholder supply-chain. This video demonstrates the impact of our project on just one of the 2,014 women already benefiting.
From the beginning CloudFactory has focused on developing leaders in economies facing the challenge of excessive unemployment. On April 25th a massive 7.8 earthquake ripped through Nepal, creating an opportunity for CloudFactory to demonstrate the leadership and character of our teams. After verifying the location and safety of our core and cloud teams we were sourcing local supplies of food, water, and temporary shelters and reaching out to those in need. The resilience and response of our workforce through a such a crisis has emboldened us to pursue our purpose of developing leaders worth following more than ever.
The Maharishi Institute offers a tertiary education (a degree in Business Administration) to young people who would not otherwise be able to pursue post-school studies. Financing is done through offering an interest-free study loan to the students who then repay the loan through the “Learn and Earn” programme and once they have graduated. The programme sees all students working for up to 4 hours a day while they are studying, thereby gaining valuable work experience, which makes them more attractive to potential employers. The students work primarily in the in-house contact centre, providing BPO services to local and international clients.
This year, Taza Chocolate launched a pioneering effort to source organic cocoa from small-scale Haitian farmers. As part of our Direct Trade program, we paid a premium of $500 per metric ton for the cocoa beans (more than the Fair Trade price) in order to improve the livelihoods of 1,326 small-scale farmers. Moreover, our program is long-term and sustainable – next year, we will source at least 2X this year’s volume of cocoa (50 MT.) This quantity will grow as we grow, further improving the lives of Haitian farming families.
West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE)
The video depicts the mission and activities of WAVE (West Africa Vocational Education) to empower disadvantaged West African youth with employability skills to transform their mindsets, and employment opportunities that enhance their social mobility. Set in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria, where the first WAVE Academy has been in operation since 2013, it shows how we identify, train, and place talented, under-served youth in entry-level jobs in high-growth industries like the retail and hospitality sectors.
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