November Newsletter — Simple Gifts

social entrepreneurship

Ecozoom update

We had a great conference call with Ecozoom not long ago. Ecozoom produces beautifully designed low-emission and low-fuel cookstoves. They are available for sale as camp cookstoves in the US, but are distributed throughout the world to replace traditional stoves which require a great deal of fuel and also produce dangerous amounts of pollution, especially

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Wash Cycle rides to D.C.

The Background: Since 2010, Wash Cycle Laundry has established itself as one of the leaders in combining social entrepreneurship with green business, employing adults from vulnerable populations to work in their bicycle powered green laundry service. It earned “Best of Philly” in 2012 and the Sustainable Business Network‘s Visionary Entrepreneur Award in 2011, among other

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Cora

Elizabeth and I had a wonderful visit this week from Molly Hayward, founder of Cora. Molly is a passionate young entrepreneur from the Philadelphia area who really believes in changing how capitalism works. She calls Cora a “for-profit and for-purpose” social business. As Elizabeth remarked to Molly, “Hal will love you!” The service and mission

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Ecozoom Update

Here’s some great news from loan recipient Ecozoom about their expansion into Rwanda! It’s the largest-ever project of its kind in Africa, with an estimated 1,200,000 clean cookstoves being distributed in partnership with DelAgua Health and Life Straw water filters. 600,000 stoves will be distributed  free to the needy by the Department of Health and

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Philly joins in social entrepreneurship

As reported in the nifty new online magazine called Flying Kite, the City of Philadelphia is now working with social entrepreneurs and innovative businesses to help improve the city. The first project is called FastFWD, “an urban innovation refinery.” With $1 million from Bloomberg’s “Mayors Challenge”, FastFWD will initially tackle Public Safety collaboratively with entrepreneurs

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