One of the hallmarks of Fast Company is a “business not-as-usual” ethic.
The range of expressions of social enterprise prompt debate/discussion locally and internationally. So it’s interesting to read a social enterprise reference coming out of the 16th International AIDS Conference.
In the Mashuru area of Kenya, a single woman with HIV who had no source of income now runs a small general store, is self-sufficient and, most importantly, is eating properly, thanks to a $140 grant from World Vision.In the same region, a group of 15 women have used a $1,400 grant from the humanitarian organization to expand a small business of rearing goats for sale at market, using the added profit to care for HIV orphans and vulnerable children in their village.
Forty-seven microfinance projects last year gave people living with HIV and AIDS basic business training that improved their disposable income, health, nutrition, dignity and self-respect, as well as better access to anti-retroviral drugs, and decreased the stigma of the disease, [Carole Leacock, a HIV/AIDS program specialist with World Vision Canada] said.
So it’s no surprise when Citigroup announces a new charitable fund to promote microfinance investment among philanthropists.
Speaking of the International AIDS Conference … a shout-out to SOLID and Videa, the two organizations behind the 8,000 Flags Project that’s been the backdrop of a number of media interviews from the conference.
Here’s a video that explains the project:
The music is by Harry Manx.
The video by Gary McNutt.