A social enterprise is a business that, rather than just focused on making money, tries to address a social problem.
It has a double bottom line — to be financially sustainable and to have a measurable impact on a societal issues such as poverty, health and the environment.
In this podcast, Rupert Scofield explores the challenges of starting, building and running a social enterprise. Guests include other social entrepreneurs and impact investors who share their insights and experience.
Jackie Stenson and Prashanth Venkataramana, co-founders of Essmart Global, chat with Rupert Scofield about challenges and opportunities in last-mile distribution to family-owned businesses in southern India. This episode: How did Essmart get started? What is compelling about the business model? How is it improving lives?
Stephanie Turpin (FHI 360), Brian Vo (Pact) and Chris Walker (Mercy Corps) chat with Rupert Scofield about the role that INGOs play in unlocking access to patient capital for social enterprises operating in the world’s emerging markets. This episode: Is it realistic to always aim to do well while doing good? What hypothesis underpins INGO involvement in impact investing? How can nonprofits collaborate better to leverage their unique strengths for greater impact?
Oluwasoga Oni, Genevieve Barnard Oni and Joe McCord, co-founders of MDaaS Global, speak with Rupert Scofield about tech-enabled health care for Africa’s next billion. MDaaS builds and operates modern, convenient and affordable diagnostic centers in clinically underserved communities to identify health issues earlier and more accurately for effective treatment. This episode: How did the social enterprise get started? In what ways did the business model pivot over time? What’s the vision for future growth and scale?
Rupert Scofield is a social entrepreneur and an agricultural economist with over 40 years of experience in developing countries.
He is President, CEO and Co-founder of FINCA International, the founder and majority owner of 20 community-based microfinance institutions and banks across Africa, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia. Rupert now leads FINCA International on the next leg of its journey: supporting the rise of social enterprises delivering basic service and financial innovation.
An expert on microfinance, social enterprise and impact investing, Rupert is an author, podcast presenter and frequent speaker, offering insights and guidance on market-based solutions to global poverty.