India needs social enterprises who rise at the grass root level, understand the problems of disadvantaged communities more intimately and innovate solutions sharply focused on various problems faced by them.
Sustainable supply chain directly contributes to the impact created by a social enterprise. It is also the chief instrument in achievement of its social mission.
As a part of my documentary series #economyforall, this short film brings to you voices of people in rural Rajasthan and offers perspectives of functionaries of Haqdarshak, a social enterprise that helps citizens benefit from govt welfare schemes.
Measuring the social impact of its operations on target beneficiaries is always a data heavy and number crunching exercise for a social enterprise. Be that as it may, there is a need for storytelling in this to induce dynamism, imagination and provocation.
People at the Bottom of the Pyramid should be empowered to challenge their status quo and beat poverty. This can only happen when they can participate in the economy as producers. Social entrepreneurs have a major role to play here.
Social enterprises by the very nature of their purpose are not poised to scale exponentially. This means that the most effective way for them to achieve large-scale social impact is to collaborate with each other and with different stakeholders across the impact ecosystem.
WASH innovation cannot work in a silo. It needs to work in tandem with positive interventions like awareness through seminars and village level events to help people become more vocal about their problems and make the impact more sustainable.
India can truly realize her potential only if she builds an inclusive economy. We believe government alone cannot do this. We need social entrepreneurs to step in.
India ranks 34th on awareness about social entrepreneurship. Complex nature of business, lack of success stories and inability to attract talent are some of the main reasons for this.
Social innovators analyse a socio-economic issue from a human angle and build a solution that is rooted in empathy for the end user.