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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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