Promoting Social entrepreneurship in Latam with Hystra, the SDC and New Ventures

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Since 2014, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Ashoka, Hystra and New Ventures have joined forces to to identify, promote and support  social entrepreneurs in Latin America over a four-year period (2014-2018).

 

In contrast to business entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs (SE) measure their performance primarily by their return to society, making them fully aligned with SDC social goals. Although social entrepreneurship is still not mainstream in the general economy, it is a growing field and yields high potential for addressing developmental problems in a more innovative and sustainable way. However, the field is still in development, lacking appropriate infrastructure and support ecosystems to develop to its full potential. In order to support selected social entrepreneurs in Latin America, the project is designed based on 5 pillars to address the challenges SE face along their lifecycle, consolidate the findings and spread knowledge gained, ultimately aiming for Pro Poor Growth, additional income, employment and improved livelihood for low-income households in Latin America and the Caribbean (see  graph below).

 

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