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Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS) works with a stated aim of providing  low-cost, effective, community based health care system which is readily accessible to the rural poor

Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS) works with a stated aim of providing low-cost, effective, community based health care system which is readily accessible to the rural poor

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What about mentoring entrepreneurs in the area to start up their own small business that provides a service to the community? After all, who knows the community better than its residents? One example is YCombinator in Silicon Valley.

What about mentoring entrepreneurs in the area to start up their own small business that provides a service to the community? After all, who knows the community better than its residents? One example is YCombinator in Silicon Valley.

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Inspired by Irune's posting on Dispensaries in Ecuador, what if we think of a model to deliver  basic health-care items such as vitamins, oral rehydration salts, birth kits, condoms, zinc tablets, etc. via a vending machine?

Inspired by Irune's posting on Dispensaries in Ecuador, what if we think of a model to deliver basic health-care items such as vitamins, oral rehydration salts, birth kits, condoms, zinc tablets, etc. via a vending machine?

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In the coffee and cacao industry, normally a too small part of the profits made in the supply chain ends up in the hands of the farmers. Fair trade organisations, like Max Havelaar, try to balance that better.

In the coffee and cacao industry, normally a too small part of the profits made in the supply chain ends up in the hands of the farmers. Fair trade organisations, like Max Havelaar, try to balance that better.

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The beauty of social business, in my humble opinion, is that it aims to create sustainable solutions to social issues. I think, that this is the most important part of it. For me, the no-dividend principle is a possible blocking point for that.

The beauty of social business, in my humble opinion, is that it aims to create sustainable solutions to social issues. I think, that this is the most important part of it. For me, the no-dividend principle is a possible blocking point for that.

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Yves Behar came up with a sustainable hot cacao system to return authenticity to the product and connect the consumer as directly as possible to the original Cacao farmer.

Yves Behar came up with a sustainable hot cacao system to return authenticity to the product and connect the consumer as directly as possible to the original Cacao farmer.

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Iceland is using Facebook and Twitter, asking its people to help brainstorm a new constitution. This is a real collaboration between the people and their government in the wake of the recent economic crash.

Iceland is using Facebook and Twitter, asking its people to help brainstorm a new constitution. This is a real collaboration between the people and their government in the wake of the recent economic crash.

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Common CM is a collaborative brand that joins a network of people to rapidly prototype small businesses and social ventures. The idea is that collectively people can create a new capitalism under a single umbrella.
Common CM is a collaborative brand that joins a network of people to rapidly prototype small businesses and social ventures. The idea is that collectively people can create a new capitalism under a single umbrella.

Common CM is a collaborative brand that joins a network of people to rapidly prototype small businesses and social ventures. The idea is that collectively people can create a new capitalism under a single umbrella.

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In Caracas 'Metrocable' connects poor 'Rancho' district of San Augustin with the centre of the city to help poor people reach the city, mix and activate. Stations connect the district with crucial services - police, schools, daycares.

In Caracas 'Metrocable' connects poor 'Rancho' district of San Augustin with the centre of the city to help poor people reach the city, mix and activate. Stations connect the district with crucial services - police, schools, daycares.

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There is a fond in Africa that aims to end hunger by training local villagers as farmers with an investment/educational program which doubles farm income by providing seeds and fertilizer,  weekly farm education, and market access.

There is a fond in Africa that aims to end hunger by training local villagers as farmers with an investment/educational program which doubles farm income by providing seeds and fertilizer, weekly farm education, and market access.

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I know this is a concept and were just in the inspiration phase :) I'm posting it because maybe others can play with it and carry it further. It unfolded from Johan Löfström perspective on letting locals design packaging.

I know this is a concept and were just in the inspiration phase :) I'm posting it because maybe others can play with it and carry it further. It unfolded from Johan Löfström perspective on letting locals design packaging.

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A body of photojournalism images  curated by Nuru Project to convey the spirit of dignity among the bottom-of-the-pyramid customers that Acumen Fund social businesses target.

A body of photojournalism images curated by Nuru Project to convey the spirit of dignity among the bottom-of-the-pyramid customers that Acumen Fund social businesses target.

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The People's Supermarket is a food cooperative connecting local urban community with local farmers community.
http://www.thepeoplessupermarket.org/about/our-mission/

The People's Supermarket is a food cooperative connecting local urban community with local farmers community. http://www.thepeoplessupermarket.org/about/our-mission/

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