Video Series

Enough video to inspire anyone.

The Social Enter­prise Video Series is a collection of videos profiling social enterprises that are part of SEI’s academic curriculum. 

Very low-income people are too often invisible to businesses and society. Businesses see no significant market opportunity and governments view low-income areas as having insufficient tax revenues to pay for basic services like clean water, healthcare, housing and energy. Building new models that provide these critical services at affordable price – in the face of high costs, poor distribution systems, dispersed customers, limited financing options and, at times, corruption – requires imaginative business solutions and partnerships supported by investors willing to take on a risk/return profile that is unacceptable to traditional financiers.

Vision: eliminate needless blindness. Founded in 1976 by Dr. G. Venkataswamy with the mission to eliminate needless blindness, Aravind is the largest and most productive eye care facility in the world. Taking its compassionate services to the doorstep of rural India, Aravind’s stunningly effective strategies vaulted barriers of distance, poverty and ignorance to create a self-sustaining […]

Innovators for the Public. Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs  men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, they have elected over 2,700 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of […]

The Specialists in Micro-finance. “We are the bank that generates social, economic and human value through an efficient business model; we are the largest micro-finance institution in Latin America due to the number of clients, and we have more than 18 years of experience granting micro credit. Our essence at Compartamos Banco is to generate development […]

Free the world of all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential. BRAC is a development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. We were founded in Bangladesh in 1972 and over the course of our evolution, established ourselves […]

Peace and hope beginning with education: one child at a time. Central Asia Institute community projects continue to focus primarily in remote, underserved regions where few organizations serve. Since 2005, CAI refined and focused its priority to focus mainly on rural education and literacy, especially for females. This also includes ongoing teacher training programs, to establish […]

A project of the HealthStore Foundation. To improve access to essential drugs, basic healthcare, and prevention services for children and families in the developing world using business models that maintain standards, are geometrically scalable, and achieve economies of scale.

An international consumer products company serving people without access to reliable electricity. Enable households without reliable electricity to attain the same quality of life as those with electricity. We will begin by replacing every kerosene lantern with clean, safe and bright light.  

High Impact Entrepreneurship High-Impact Entrepreneurs hold the key to sustained economic growth in emerging markets. They are the ambitious entrepreneurs who run innovative, high-growth businesses that create thousands of jobs, millions in wealth, and limitless opportunity in their countries. They are role models who change the fortunes of hundreds of thousands.      

Making the world fit for humanity Envirofit’s enterprise-based model represents a new, more sustainable approach to tackling the global IAP/cookstoves problem — relying on market mechanisms to guide product development and drive consumer demand.    

Leading the way to a future with hope. The mission of Esperanza International is to free children and their families from poverty through initiatives that generate income, education and health, restoring self-worth and dignity to those who have lost hope. Click here to watch video on their site →“You have Mets Baseball, the Esperanza Foundation, and the […]

Helping children get clean water    

Banking for the poor. Grameen Bank (GB) has reversed conventional banking practice by removing the need for collateral and created a banking system based on mutual trust, accountability, participation and creativity. GB provides credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh, without any collateral.  

A regular publication from Grameen Trust that outlines updates from all the active areas of Grameen Bank and Grameen Trust.  

Works to help people stay close At Grameenphone, we live by the statement “Development is a journey, not a destination.” Our work is not just about ensuring connectivity; it is about connecting with people and building relationships, based on trust, with our subscribers, business partners, employees, shareholders, as well as the wider community.

Creating housing for people in need Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat welcomes all people—regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference—to build simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter.      

Eliminate poverty by creating jobs Hand in Hand believes that economic empowerment of women is the key to increasing living standards and to making women “agents for change”. We want to engage the poorest of the poor in our “help to self-help” programme and income generating activities.  

Fulfilling the Promise of Medicine for the Developing World The Institute for OneWorld Health develops safe, effective, and affordable new medicines for people with infectious diseases in the developing world.The Institute for OneWorld Health will serve as a positive agent for change by saving lives, improving health, and fulfilling the promise of medicine for those most […]

Founded in 2006 by Salman khan, Khan Academy seeks to provide a world class education to anyone anywhere. Khan Academy a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy: The Future of Education

Loans that change lives Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining micro-finance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.     A Fistful Of Dollars — The Story of a […]

Disease Control Textiles Vestergaard Frandsen is a Europe-based international company specializing in complex emergency response and disease control products. It is guided by a unique Humanitarian Entrepreneurship business model, whose “profit for a purpose” approach has turned humanitarian responsibility into its core business.      

Farmers are the solution to poverty and hunger. They make up the majority of the population in the world’s developing countries. And they are some of the hardest-working people on the planet. One Acre Fund puts farmers first.  One Acre Fund 

Room to Read focuses on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education.  They work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school […]

Founded in 1999 by Willy Foote, Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. Root Capital: Bridging the Microloan Gap for Farmers Across the World

Malnutrition is the number one killer of children under five in the developing world. Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC) and Ready-to-Use Foods (RUF) have revolutionized how malnutrition is diagnosed and treated. By treating chronic hunger and undernourishment by providing fortified meals to children through school-based health clinics, Two Degrees is helping children receive the care they need to live […]

Use capitalism as a force for good. World of Good Development Organization is a 501©(3) non-profit organization focused on building strategies to substantially improve economic and social conditions for millions of women and adolescent girls in the developing world living on less than $2 a day. When World of Good was founded in 2004, we made […]