Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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8 years 4 weeks ago

Gandang Kalikasan, Inc. of Philippines has emerged as one of the sterling examples of how social enterprises can make a difference while being profitable at the same time. GKI is a unique social enterprise that was established four years ago by two sisters in Philippines, Anna Meloto-Wilk and Camille Meloto. It is now making a meaningful difference to the lives of thousands of rural poor in Philippines, while running an internationally successful business.

Sisters Anna Meloto-Wilk and Camille Meloto visited the United States four years ago, and...


8 years 1 month ago

Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), an annual one-week platform of social ideas, in association with the Bluhm-Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship, has announced the 2011 class of Fellows. These young social entrepreneurs will participate in the Chicago Ideas Week event to be held from October 10 to 16, 2011. In addition to attending CIW, each Fellow will also receive $10,000 as a contribution to his or her social enterprise, with an aim to enhance the Fellow’s ability to make an impact.

Leslie Bluhm, founder of the BHSI Fellowship said, “These Fellows...


8 years 1 month ago

The “Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works” competition co-hosted by The Opportunity Project and eBay Foundation announced its five top winners. It took six months of rigorous evaluation by an expert international panel of judges to assess the projects of nearly 900 social entrepreneurs from 83 countries who participated in the competition. All of them presented innovative solutions aimed at creating new economic opportunities and engaging the untapped potential of disadvantaged populations around the world.

The five winners...


8 years 1 month ago

Equfund, a leading Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) in the UK, has come up with an innovative social investment program to provide low-cost homes for those who have financial constraints to join the housing market. The program encourages social entrepreneurship by getting the people to renovate or build a property in exchange for financial support. The program has already raised £500,000 of private investment within the first week of its launch.

The program called “Loanstock” has been launched in association with Liverpool Habitat for...


8 years 1 month ago

Two young Pakistani women from two very diverse regions of the country are showing the way how social enterprises can make a direct impact on the lives of underprivileged women in Pakistan. Khalida Brohi, 23, who hails from a tribal area of Balochistan, and Saba Gul, 28, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a part of Lahore’s upper economic class, are leading from the front in their efforts at social entrepreneurship.

Both women recently participated in San Francisco’s SOCAP 2011 social entrepreneur conference, and...


8 years 1 month ago

Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah is busy, among other things, in inculcating social entrepreneurship values in many of its students. The University’s Ballard Center for Self-Reliance, a division of the Marriott School of Management, leads from the front in creating social entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The Ballard Center is a hub for students, practitioners and faculty who join their heads together to come up with path-breaking solutions to solve some of the most challenging issues facing the world. The center already has a history of...


8 years 1 month ago

Samaritan’s Feet, a charity with an exemplary social entrepreneurship model, has witnessed significant growth over the last few years, when many other NGOs have struggled to stay afloat. Samaritan’s Feet distributes shoes to poor kids around the world. The organization’s mission is to provide shoes as a vehicle to counter rampant foot-borne related diseases that affect more than 300 million children around the world.

The founder of Samaritan’s Feet, Manny Ohonme explains the importance of his mission and the kind of impact it can make by saying, “...


8 years 1 month ago

India’s premier engineering institution, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai has come up with a novel social innovation contest to be held during its annual technical festival called “Shaastra” from September 28 to October 2. The aim of the competition is to promote rural empowerment and encourage social entrepreneurs and innovators to focus on environment-friendly solutions.

The program leaders expect this unique event to provide a platform to social enterprises, socially responsible companies and individuals involved in making a...


8 years 1 month ago

Springboard Innovation, a nonprofit organization helping people launch sustainable businesses, has come up with a unique business incubation plan for social entrepreneurs. Springboard plans to turn a large building in need of redevelopment in Portland into Hatch, which will incubate socially responsible companies that fall somewhere in-between the nonprofit and for-profit realms.

The Hatch venture is aimed at serving mission-driven social enterprises, which will include both nonprofits and for-profit companies. Hatch will provide space and...


8 years 1 month ago

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Switzerland, has selected three social enterprises as the “US Social Entrepreneurs of the Year” for their innovative work in the social sector. The Schwab Foundation has recognized these social enterprises for the significant social impact they are making at a global level.

The Chairperson and Co-founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Hilde Schwab, says, “From mobilizing low-income neighborhoods around safe play environments and empowering homeowners in the horrible aftermath...


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