This man, Arunachalam Muruganantham, had not intended to start a revolution in India or do something for the betterment of society. He simply noticed that his wife was using a dirty rag as a sanitary pad, thought it would be easy to walk into a drugstore and buy her a menstrual pad, and was hit hard […]

KickStart image Have you heard of the social enterprise KickStart? It develops affordable technologies for small African businesses. It states its accomplishments in this way: “Since 1991, 160,000 successful new businesses have been started in Africa using our tools. Today more than 800 new businesses are being created each month. Since each of these enterprises supports […]

What’s the best way to improve literacy? Access to books! And that is what First Book does. First Book is a social enterprise that provides books to low-income school systems. Since it was founded in 1992, the non-profit organization has distributed more than 120 million free and low-cost books in thousands of communities in the United States and […]

“Human Nature” is a company that produces organic cosmetics to help the children and poor in the Philippines. The purchase of one of this company’s items helps pay public school teachers in the south of the country so children there stay in school instead of becoming child soldiers. The company aims also to help the country’s farmers and […]

Truly amazing: hens helping to teach basic agricultural management and entrepreneurial skills, thereby addressing hunger, unemployment and the lack of education and business skills. Here’s how. The Innovation Empowerment Programme and its chief project, One Hen Campaign, was founded in 2009 by 4 Kenyan students from the University of Nairobi who were inspired by their studies […]

The Good Times has already reported on the sustained efforts of Friends of India, but more good news has ensued from the non-profit charity. Despite hard times, an anonymous donation of 100,000 Swiss francs is helping the organization achieve its goals. What are Friends of India’s achievements? Through the Richard Walsh Music Project, for example, Friends […]

Fair labor. Worldwide. That’s what Verité proposes. Verité ensures better labor conditions for workers everywhere.  According to the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship who cites the United Nations, “more than 450 million people are low-wage agricultural workers, 165 million children work, 12 million people are slaves and 105 million people cross borders each year in search of […]

The volunteer emergency medical technician dropped the book she was reading, slung her jacket on, fastened her helmet and jumped on her ambucycle, weaving through traffic to reach the accident before the ambulance could make it to the scene through the busy Israeli streets. A United Hatzalah medic, she was responding to one of about 550 calls […]

Lots of good news is coming from social entrepreneurs. For instance,  The Guardian has published a piece called “The young social entrepreneurs who are changing the world,” which mentions the important and brilliant accomplishments of some of these inspiring individuals. One of those featured in this article is Fraser Doherty. He founded SuperJam, and invests […]

Wow. That’s the reaction when reading the short profiles of the 26 social entrepreneurs who are the 2012 awardees of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. The Schwab Foundation’s press release lists some of the 2012 awardees: Veronica Colondam of YCAB Foundation (Indonesia), Ronald Bruder and Jamie McAuliffe of Education For Employment  (United States), Jane Hunt […]