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.

Recent Podcasts

Episode 38: Our Gorongosa – Matthew Jordan (58:10)

Rupert Scofield hosts Matthew Jordan in this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast. Matt is the CEO of Our Gorongosa, which supports sustainable development in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. They chat about Matt’s background and drive as a social entrepreneur, Our Gorongosa’s conservation work, specialty coffee production, scaling and impact expectations. Originally published May 11, 2021 on www.socentpodcast.org.

Episode 37: Impact Capital Africa – Emma Parker (41:23)

In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, Rupert Scofield hosts Emma Parker, founder and CEO of Impact Capital Africa. Emma’s company enables the impact investment ecosystem in Zambia, facilitating capital flow into Zambian businesses through consulting, events, and an innovative online project origination platform. Rupert chats with Emma about her career and social entrepreneurial journey, the policy and regulatory environment in developing markets, the profit versus social impact tradeoff, and gender in the corporate space.

About Rupert

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. 

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