Thank you so much to share this blog with us and it is indeed a reality and no Field of Dreams. The way I see it, as someone who has experienced first hand poverty and also reach where I am right now as working in addressing issues affecting rural communities, you can not speak about development, business while you are ignoring the majority of people barely making ends meet. The reason why the sector is booming is because those on the top earning field have finally realized what we have been saying and trying to get acknowledge that the contribution of the grassroots and vulnerable in access to profitable businesses, is the way to insure sustainability.
In my own work, we have been trying to bring change in the way we deliver assistance to the communities by motivating initiatives that empower income generating activities.
Bringing it even to the most basic language, being rich and having a neighbor fighting with debts and unemployment, will affect you at the long run because that person and you share the same environment.
The concept you are bringing on the discussion is very true and this is also something that WIN (Women's Initiatives Network) wishes to embrace.
Thanks for re-starting this discussion, everyone!
I think in recent months, social enterprise has been gaining traction and getting much more attention than in the past, but there is a concern abuzz that the microfinance crisis which transpired in late 2010 will affect the positive reception of social businesses. While I disagree with this view (I think social business is here to stay, because it is an effective way to address many of the global challenges we're currently facing), I'm interested in hearing other thoughts on the matter.