From halfway across the globe, Bagoré Bathily, founder of La Laiterie du Berger, told me about an interesting paradox: In Senegal, a country that lies along the coast of West Africa, the rural half of the population survives largely on the produce of their cattle. Despite the abundance of locally produced milk, the urban half of the country is consuming yogurt—a staple in the Senegalese diet—made almost exclusively from imported, powdered milk. From Bagoré’s perspective, this was a nagging contradiction. It led him to build a company that is now providing locally produced, nutritious yogurt for the population while simultaneously increasing quality of life for cattle breeders who depend upon agriculture to survive.
What happens when two American college students start a club focused on entrepreneurship in the Middle East? They end up setting out to transform the entire region by unlocking the entrepreneurial potential of an entire generation of young Arabs.
Consider the state of mental health acceptance and treatment in your society. Is mental illness a stigmatized issue? Is it easy to afford treatment? Are individuals with depression, psychosis, bulimia or other illnesses just as likely to find work as people without mental illness? In many communities, both wealthy and poor, the answer to these questions is often “no.” There are many people throughout the world with mental illness or other disabilities that cannot afford full-time, in-patient treatment, but they need more support than basic outpatient treatment in order to recover and live healthy lives. Daniela (Dani) and Gabriela (Gaby), the co-founders of Rubicon Social, are working to find a creative solution that meets the needs of people with mental illness, even in impoverished neighborhoods.
Over the last five years, the food truck industry has become a global phenomenon. Malaysia is one country at the forefront of this trend, especially in the nation’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.
However, when you think “food truck” you probably don’t think “charitable” or “social impact.” But what if eating from a food truck also helped to give back to society? Well, Masala Wheels does exactly that. Launched in October of 2015 as Malaysia’s first social enterprise food truck, Masala Wheels sells affordable, flavorful, Indian food and uses 100% of their net profits to feed the homeless.