The Social Enterprise Industry Needs More Muslim Fashion Brands

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In 2013, the fashion industry saw one of the worst tragedies in history – the Rana Plaza complex, a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed and took the lives of 1,134 garment workers and injured 2,500 more. The factories operating in this building made clothes for well-known international brands. This devastating incident accelerated the rise in a new movement — the …

How UpEffect is Helping to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Development Programme outlined 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. And, these goals are interconnected in that tackling one often leads to making progress on another, working to make the right choices to improve life for future generations in a sustainable way. …

Build a Business, Not a Startup

For the longest time, I bought into the “exciting” startup life — colossal valuations, 80–100 hour work weeks with no time for interactions with family or friends, seed rounds, Series A, B, C investments, burnt out founders, no sleep, no time to eat, unnecessary hires, beautiful offices with “incredible team culture”, the same culture that disappears when you’re offered a …

Conscious Lifestyle Rockstar // An Interview with Valeria Hinojosa of Water Thru Skin

Valeria Hinojosa of Water Thru Skin is known for her transparent approach to blogging about a conscious lifestyle, sharing not just the heights of her career and travels, but also the low points, struggles, and the hard reality of building a freelance, socially responsible career. Valeria’s honesty is one of many things we love about Water Thru Skin – we also …

Why Women-Led Social Enterprises Are Killing It On Crowdfunding

There has never been a better time to launch a business as a female entrepreneur. Investments in startup and growing businesses isn’t just for men clad in dark suits at the top of flashy financial institution buildings any longer. Many people, not just friends and family, want to help entrepreneurs solve problems, innovate, and create jobs. This is particular of …

Before Marketing to Social Entrepreneurs, Crowdfunding Platforms Should Understand Social Enterprise

There is an old adage about the benefits of teaching a man how to fish, rather than giving him the fish. But what happens if you simply give the man a fishing rod and walk away? Technically a service has been provided, but without any guarantee of long-term success. Most large Crowdfunding companies knowingly or unknowingly, operate on this principle. Crowdfunding …