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 3: Ilana Taub, Snact, & Tom Rippin, On Purpose (32:37)

Ilana Taub, co-founder of Snact, and Tom Rippin, CEO of On Purpose, join Rupert for this episode of the Social Enterprise Podcast. Rupert and guests discuss founding and funding a social enterprise; the skills a social entrepreneur needs to be successful, and the challenges of running and growing a social enterprise in different countries around the world. 

Episode 2: Are You Experienced? (38:46)

In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, Rupert is joined by John Hatch, co-founder of FINCA, and Jeff Ashe, microfinance pioneer, educator, and author of “In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups are Revolutionizing Development”. Through stories of first-hand experience, we explore the evolution of the microfinance, its controversies, and its remarkable impact as a tool to help alleviate global poverty. 

Episode 1: Launch Episode (26:42)

In this launch episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, Rupert is joined by Mike Gama-Lobo, Vice President & Regional Director for Africa at FINCA, and marketing guru/entrepreneur Filip Matous, in a discussion about the challenges of finding a mission, building an organisation, and achieving a true work/life balance — beginning with that first leap off the corporate ladder and into entrepreneurship. 

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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