A changemaker is defined as someone who is taking creative action to solve a social problem.

We have all heard of Muhammad Yunus, a social entrepreneur who after realising the problem that poor women had in Bangladesh founded Grameen Bank. Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work supporting the poor. He is also the father of the concepts of  microcredit and microfinance. But, how can we identify other impact makers across the globe? What are the drivers for those people who decide to create a sustainable impact in their community? 

Sealand: Upcycling the Oceans (South Africa)

Sealand make upcycled bags built to last a lifetime. Sealand is based in Cape Town, a dramatically beautiful city in South Africa where oceans and mountains vividly meet.

Lá Da Favelinha (Brazil)

An upcycling project that supports young people with fashion, culture and arts in the slums of Brazil.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHD5EDUcSeo

The Big Lemon (United Kingdom)

A company created In 2006 by a group of people that got together in a pub in Brighton to discuss public transport and decided to set up a local bus service which would be affordable, environmentally sustainable and a pleasure for passengers to use. So far they have achieved a very positive impact, see what Tom has to say about the ecosystem that they created. 

Sapa O’Chau  (Vietnam)

A company founded by Shu Tan, a young woman of the ethnic minority of the Black Hmong. The idea started off with Shu being a local guide speaking English and taking tourists to discover the remote villages of the minorities in Sapa. Soon she realized that responsible tourism could help the local communities economically but also would protect and safeguard their culture and tradition. Today Sapa O’Chau has grown to a successful social enterprise with the goal to improve the life of the minorities in Sapa by education and to preserve their cultures by making them accessible to tourists.”

Sheroes Hangout  (India)

A café founded to empower acid attack survivors. It is the world’s first café chain run by female acid attack survivors in India. Discover the inspiring story of these heroes and learn form these women how to overcome difficulties beautifully. 

Circus for All (Colombia)

An organisation created in Cali, Colombia, in 1995. Its mission is to support the social and economic integration into society of disadvantaged children and youth. By teaching them the circus arts as a profession, Circo Para Todos aims to empower them and offer a positive future path.

In this blog, we will introduce you with key aspects in relation to sustainability, impact, social innovation and social enterprise. We will bring you real stories of impact makers as well as news and informative articles related to these topics. 

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