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Barefoot College

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Established in 1972, the Barefoot College is an Indian NGO that provides basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities with the objective of providing sustainable ways to become self-sufficient. These ‘Barefoot solutions’ can be broadly categorised into solar energy, water,...

Ruma

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Ruma is a social enterprise that aims to empower the poor in Indonesia by providing pre-packaged business opportunities complete with an equipment package, a strong brand, marketing materials, initial training, ongoing mentoring and access to a supply chain. Its flagship microfranchise business,...

Agro Developers

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Agro Developers is a Cameroonian NGO whose aim is to encourage farmers to move to organic farming methods instead of using chemicals. The founding members of the organisation comprise agricultural technicians ,agro-economists and community development experts who are involved in capacity building...

Andrews Charitable Trust

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Andrews Charitable Trust (ACT) is an innovative partnership between business and philanthropy. The Trust provides seed funding to social entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom and supports these investments with a blend of skills, advice and networking. The Trust's activities are funded by the...

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Doing business with the poor - a field guide

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The Guide explores the way in which several leading companies, including Shell, Coca Cola and Procter and Gamble, are developing inclusive business models designed to assist them to create new revenue streams while serving the needs of the poor through sound commercial operations. The companies are...

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a CEO-led, global association of some 200 companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development. The Council provides a platform for companies to explore sustainable development, share knowledge, experiences and best...

MicroPlace

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MicroPlace is a social business owned by eBay. It is currently the only website that enables everyday people to make investments in the microfinance industry. The microfinance institutions then microcredit small loans - available to the poor which allow them to start a business and work their ways...

MYC4

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MYC4 is an online marketplace that connects people from all over the world – just like you and me – with African entrepreneurs, who lack capital to develop their businesses. With the Internet as infrastructure, MYC4 bridges the gap between people with needs and people with means. Investors who...

OptINnow

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At OptINnow, supporters can look through client profiles and select an entrepreneur they wish to fund. The loans goes directly to the impoverished individuals these supporters designate, helping them to build retail, manufacturing, farming, or other businesses that support their families. When...