INNOVATORS WITH AN UNREASONABLE VISION
A social entrepreneur looks at the world’s biggest problems as a window of opportunity. They are
motivated and passionate about disrupting the system and designing solutions for the world’s harshest,
and often too big to fix, social problems. One of the examples that resonates with me is William Foote,
founder of Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund. Its clients are groups of farmers who lack
access to capital that could help sustain their business and help them compete effectively in today’s
economy. These businesses are too large for microfinance but risky for banks to invest in. Foote believes
in filling this gap and formed Root Capital, a bank for the missing middle.
An Unreasonable Vision
Foote isn’t the only one who came up with an
innovative and disruptive solution to a
seemingly impossible social issue.
Muhammad Yunus, Dr. V, and Paul Farmer
have also dedicated their lives to making their
dreams, and those of millions of others, come
to life. They all had one thing in common:
their unreasonable vision. Whether it was
toeradicate povertythrough access to working capital in
Bangladesh, cure avoidable blindness in India for little to no
cost, or even provide world class healthcare for villagers in Haiti, they dreamt big. These
are dreams that many said were impossible to achieve, and yet today, we have Grameen
Bank, Aravind Eye Care, and Partners in Health standing strong (and growing) to address
these challenges. They are all social innovators who are passionate, engaged, and
always thinking of innovative ways to bring large scale change.
Who Can Be A Social Entrepreneur?
Anyone with ambition, persistence, and the motivation to help improve current social challenges can be
a social entrepreneur. Following a human centered approach, social entrepreneurs are hungry and
passionate to see their communities transform regardless of their age, profession, and experience.
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