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 35: The Madan Sara of Haiti – Etant Dupain (48:57)

In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, Rupert Scofield hosts Haitian journalist Etant Dupain. Etant is the executive producer of the new documentary, Madan Sara. The Madan Sara work tirelessly to buy, distribute, and sell food and other essentials in markets throughout Haiti, and are a critical part of the economy. Rupert and Etant discuss the role and importance of these women entrepreneurs, and the motivation behind the documentary. Originally published November 27, 2020 on www.socentpodcast.org.

Episode 34: Practical Activism – Steve Davis (39:21)

In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, Rupert Scofield hosts author and activist Steve Davis. Steve is also Senior Strategic Advisor and interim Director, China Country Office, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This episode: Undercurrents and practical activism. Changing with the COVID-19 pandemic. New capabilities and tools in global development. Improvements in global wellbeing. 

Episode 33: Maximizing People Capital – Debbie Wall (39:42)

In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, Rupert Scofield hosts Debbie Wall, founder and Executive Vice President of the Sage Foundation. They chat about how businesses can maximize “people capital” and empower employees to support their local communities. This episode: Sage Foundation’s unique model of “action philanthropy.” The impact of COVID and adapting to the pandemic. The vision for the future. Originally published November 4, 2020 on www.socentpodcast.org.

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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