Social Enterprises

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CARE is working to create lasting market-based solutions to poverty.

By focusing on self-sustaining business models with high social and economic impact, our social enterprise ventures can become important agents of change in communities with underdeveloped markets.

This week CBS Atlanta News is looking at CARE in our community. The nonprofit committed to ending extreme global poverty is celebrating 20 years in Atlanta, and there are Atlantan's focused on funding the work they're doing.

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"Is there anything more prestigious than business?” What would sound tin-eared from the mouth of Mitt Romney reads very differently when attributed to a woman of long-standing poverty, discussing her newly found self-respect. The quote comes from a recent paper by a trio of female researchers from Oxford University's Saïd Business School—Catherine Dolan, who lectures in marketing and corporate social responsibility; Mary Johnstone-Louis, a doctoral candidate; and Linda Scott, of the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Nijera Cottage and Village Industries (NCVI) is a worker- and artisan-owned social enterprise that represents groups that work in kantha (quilts made using a certain type of embroidery), shibori (a Japanese method for dyeing cloth that is similar to tie-dye), dyeing and indigo production in Rangpur, Bangladesh.

NCVI functions as an umbrella enterprise for these groups to interact with markets. Through the brand “Living Blue,” NCVI establishes market linkages for these enterprises.

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Joytara is a rarity in Bangladesh: she is a female landowner having purchased the land in her own name. 

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