Social Enterprises

Bottom of the Pyramid Selling

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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.

Living Blue: Best of Bangladesh

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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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