Business sustainability benefits the community, environment and local economy

Andres Hammerman is the co-owner of the award-winning eco-lodge Black Sheep Inn. With extensive eco-building and design experience in composting toilets, adobe structures, natural roofs, woodstoves and chimneys, grey-water systems and rainwater catchments, he built his company to help develop and create a community tourist destination in the rural Andean village of Chugchilan, Ecuador. What was the dream when setting …

The ideal age to start a business is when you’re young

Last week we interviewed Wachira Kariuki, Founder and CEO of Classic Foods Limited, a food processing company. It was established in 2007 for buying and selling milk in- bulk quantities from farmers to milk processors. The company was further transformed to a milk processor in 2009 with capital contributions of over $5 Million. We expanded the business to fruit juice processing, …

If you’re starting a startup: listen. learn. act. pivot.

Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed is the Director of the Social Innovation Lab, Pakistan’s sole incubator providing mentorship and sustainable business practices for startup ideas related to poverty alleviation and rural development. She currently lives in Lahore and holds a LL.M. degree from University of California, Berkeley. What was the dream when setting up The Social Innovation Lab?  The dream was to …

The secret behind FoodCycle’s success

Mary McGrath is the CEO of FoodCycle, which runs volunteer-powered community projects across the UK – working to reduce food poverty and social isolation by serving tasty, nutritious meals to vulnerable groups. They are an award-winning social enterprise and recently won Ashoka’s Makers of More challenge.   What was the inspiration behind tackling food wastage and the food poverty problem? We throw …

Tech entrepreneur says to keep learning, listen to feedback and hire carefully

Last week we interviewed Forbes 30 under 30 Tanyella Evans, 27, the co-founder and COO of Library For All, a tech non-profit based in New York that is committed to unlocking knowledge and opportunities for those in developing countries with limited access to educational materials. Tanyella and her co-founder Rebecca take on this mission with their cloud-based library of e-books. …

Your background plays a big part in your entrepreneurial journey

Abi Billinghurst created Abianda in 2011 as a social enterprise designed to tip the balance of power in society in favour of marginalised and disenfranchised people, helping them inform the decisions and policy that affect their lives. Abi has worked for more than 15 years with young people and disadvantaged groups within society, supporting them to have a voice.   …

Dedication and teamwork helped us get to where we are today

This week’s champion of change are Forbes 30 under 30 Emily and Betsy Nunez, Founders of Sword and Plough – a fashion company that works with veterans to re-purpose and recycle military surplus fabrics into fashionable bags and accessories. This unique social enterprise has a quadruple bottom-line: supporting veteran employment and entrepreneurship, bridging the civilian-military divide by educating the public about …

Helping youth realise their dreams is fundamental to creating change

Grace Kinda, is the founder and executive director of SAFWE, a social enterprise aimed at advocating for and supporting collaborative partnerships for community development. She’s a Zawadi Africa Education Fund Scholar, and currently a graduate Clinical Counseling student at Villanova University, USA.   What was the dream when setting up SAFWE and the Starting up Development Initiative? My dream for setting …

Quality of experience counts more than the number of years spent acquiring it

Dziedzorm JayJay Segbefia is the Expedition Leader of BraveHearts Expeditions. JayJay is a Mandela Washington Fellow of the prestigious Young African Leaders Initiative of the US Government. His firm, BraveHearts Expeditions, is West to Central Africa’s sole outdoor leadership and experiential learning expeditions firm which takes teams of European and Ghanaian clients and pushes them beyond their regular limits of …