David Bornstein's How to Change the World has become the bible for social entrepreneurship--in which men and women around the world are finding innovative solutions to a wide variety of social and economic problems. Whether delivering solar energy to Brazilian villagers, expanding work opportunities for disabled people across India, creating a network of home-care agencies to serve poor people with AIDS in South Africa, or bridging the college-access gap in the United States, social entrepreneurs are pioneering problem-solving models that will reshape the 21st century.
Ela Bhatt, known as the "gentle revolutionary," is a social entrepreneur, who has dedicated her life to improving the lives of India's poorest and most oppressed citizens. Witnessing the terrible conditions faced by women working as weavers, stitchers, cigarette rollers, and waste collectors, Ela Bhatt began helping these women to organize themselves. In 1972, Ela Bhatt founded the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) to bring poor women together and give them ways to fight for their rights and earn better livings. We Are Poor but So Many is a first-hand account of the vision, rise, and success of SEWA, in India as well as internationally. It follows with an account of the struggles and challenges that SEWA faced in its journey and describes how these were addressed and overcome.
Mr PN Devarajan, has for the last decade focused his energies on promoting the concept of social entrepreneurship in India. His observations and his thoughts on this subject have been given a form and has been published as a book. He strongly believes that social entrepreneurs can bring about a positive change in the society, if they have the passion to work for society and are also equipped with the required tools both in an individual level and an orgnisational level. A must read book for all budding and aspiring social change agents.
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