Beyond crowdfunding

2020 has been a heavy year for many, filled with harrowing stories of loss and pain. I believe if today we fail to listen, advocate and act to create a better world for future generations, we’ll be faced with an even greater tragedy. COVID-19 and the #BlackLivesMatter movement have exposed the flaws of capitalism. For too long, businesses have made …

Tips for Entering the Social Enterprise Industry as an Entrepreneur

Entering the social enterprise industry as an entrepreneur can be intimidating. With so many issues to support, how do you choose one? How do you ensure a profitable business that’s still focused on doing good? Luckily, there are several ways you can use a market-driven business model to create a successful organization with a long term impact on social and …

The legacy of microfinance: does it live up to its hype?

This article was originally posted in Harvard Kennedy School Review The origin story of microfinance began with Muhammad Yunus, a Professor of Economics who returned from the US to teach in his native Bangladesh. Amid high poverty rates, he found himself questioning how economic theory could address the immediate needs of the poor around him. He started experimenting with lending …

Immigrant-run sewing co-op aims to end fast fashion culture, starting with Muslims

CHICAGO (RNS) — Perhaps no item of clothing so immediately expresses a person’s values as a hijab. Why then, asks Hoda Katebi, do American Muslim women not take care to wear a hijab that is in line with their thinking about human rights and worker exploitation? “Our clothes are so intimate to our bodies,” said Katebi, 24, an Iranian American …