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Sasha Kramer – 2006 Ashoka Fellow and founder of SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) – is working to promote dignity, health, and sustainable livelihoods through the use of ecological sanitation in Haïti.
Juan Pablo Larenas – founder of Sistema B - is taking the American B Corporation label to Latin America, in order to promote collaboration between businesses, government and civil society towards social innovation in Chile.
Peter Bloom – founder of Rhizomatica - is setting up mobile phone networks in rural areas of Mexico, to provide communities with cheaper and better quality telecommunication services than mainstream operators.
Carlos Atencio – founder of Fundación Medicina Familiar – is responding to the failing healthcare system in Venezuela by introducing a new model of care, based on family practice medicine, and centered on community responsibility and participation.
Emily Stone –founder of Maya Mountain Cacao (MMC) – is connecting the small indigenous Maya farmers in Belize and Guatemala with the ultra-premium chocolate industry.
Recently, the Kauffman Foundation ranked Atlanta as a top 10 US city for entrepreneurial activity and Forbes named it one of the best cities for female founders (1/3 of businesses are owned by women). We believe it is a hotbed for changemaking activity, and so we decided to visit and find out for ourselves.
The next chapter of social entrepreneurship in this country should focus on helping social entrepreneurship thrive everywhere. That means building vibrant local support networks so that an early-stage entrepreneur in Detroit is just as likely as one in San Francisco to get the critical boost she needs. That means redrawing the social innovation map in the US...
How to bridge the gap between philanthropy and social impact investors and investees.