Social Enterprise

Small business developments in Sierra Leone fund a Clinic-School Campus in rural Bandawa. Volunteerism and ecotourism in Guatemala uplift a rural agricultural community. Agri-business development in Ghana sustains families and communities before harvest time. By harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, SHGO and our global partners create social enterprises for change.

While businesses measure gains and losses, social enterprises create social change as their bottom line. In SHGO’s global partner communities, social enterprise is a tool for economic empowerment and sustainable development.

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Barley Farm for Education

The Beverly School of Kenya provides world-class education to orphans and vulnerable children, many of whom are HIV+ and face serious life challenges due to rampant poverty in rural Kenyan villages. At The Beverly School, students enjoy clean and safe room, board, education, and enrichment programs. Young female students are offered the same educational opportunities are their male counterparts, no underprivileged child is asked to pay a tuition bill, and students are saved the labors of walking miles to attend school or find water. Students at The Beverly School of Kenya access an education that effectively breaks the cycle of poverty, and poises students for real-world success.

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Women’s Business Empowerment Series and Start-Up

The Women’s Group for the Development and Advancement of Gran Sous (GFDAG) is a grassroots community association on the island of La Gonave, Haiti, with 85 women members. The group recently completed an intensive, 33-day training in business development and management – in partnership with Roots of Development and SHGO - and are ready to launch an entrepreneurial venture that will change their island community forever. The business plan is simple: GFDAG will buy basic goods in bulk in the capital city, and re-sell these items in communities on La Gonave for a profit.

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Concrete Block-Making Enterprise

Post-earthquake Haiti is still in need of re-building, years after the disaster. Yet, with Roots of Development and SHGO, communities are taking rehabilitation and community development into their own hands! On the island of La Gonave in Haiti, APDAG – a grassroots community organization formed in partnership with Roots of Development – and residents of the island plan to create a concrete block-making business to support new construction development on La Gonave. The business will allow residents of the island to construct spaces for living, conducting business, and more – while supporting a local enterprise – to enhance local community development, without having to source costly materials from larger businesses on Haiti’s mainland.

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Ecotourism Adventure and Sustainability Development

Loma Linda is a small mountainside community in the highlands of rural Guatemala, boasting incredible natural beauty. Within the community’s vast network of hiking trails, bamboo farms, rolling hills, exotic bird species, and waterfalls lies a history of connection to the natural world stemming back to Ancient Mayan times. The spirit of Loma Linda, so deeply tied to environmental protection and appreciation for the natural world, makes Loma Linda a destination ripe of eco-tourism adventure travel.

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Printing Enterprise for Rural Health and Education

Pairing a business plan with a community need with a social cause is a recipe for success. In this case, the business plan to fulfill a community need is a printing enterprise, to benefit rural health and education through Zion Ministries’ partnership with SHGO in Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone, printing and photocopying is done at community print businesses, which supply companies, governments and universities with the essential stationary and paper supplies needed to function. These printing shops profit from each supply sold, and each copy made. With the ‘Printing Enterprise for Rural Health and Education,’ Zion Ministries and SHGO – with your support - are co-opting this money-making business model to fund good work for those in need.

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Agriculture for Vocation and Education

In rural Sierra Leone, the ability to attend and complete secondary school is a privilege. Secondary school fees - in combination with supply and uniform costs - can be unattainable for the rural poor population. Orphans and vulnerable children - including street children and youth who have been separated from their family due to poverty and violence - face even further challenges surrounding education. For most, secondary school is simply out of reach.

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