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Social Enterprises and Social Business: case studies

Best business models from successful socially-oriented organizations

Wondering how social enterprises and social businesses around the world create, deliver and capture value? If so, here are few case studies just for you!

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Aravind Eye Care

Since 1976, Aravind works to eradicate needless blindness in India. Every year, this company performs over 400,000 eye surgeries, most of whom are performed free of charge for patients. But how is it possible for Aravind to make all this while remaining financially sustainable?

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BioLite manufactures products to provide clean energy for two different targets: outdoor recreational users and off-grid communities in developing countries. Thanks to its unique business model, called “Parallel Innovation“, the company fulfills social impact and financial profitability.

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Tackling water scarcity and unemployment in Africa. That’s at the very heart of Jibu. By combining financing opportunities, job creation and water filtration through a technology-enabled, franchise system, Jibu is managing to transforming the lives of millions across Africa for better.

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Proximity Designs

In 2004, Tyler and his wife moved to Myanmar and founded Proximity Designs. Here, the firm combines “product model” and “solution model to help farmers move out of rural poverty. In fact, Proximity sells farm tech solutions as well as agronomy services and loan products directly to its beneficiaries.


Chioma Ukonu launched RecyclePoints in 2015. Since than, the company became one of the most famous waste recycling and social benefit ventures based in Nigeria. Thanks to its circular business model , RecyclePoints collects recyclables while ensuring financial inclusion for households and individuals.

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Ruby Cup

Founded in 2011, Ruby Cup is a worldwide leader in eco-friendly, menstrual health and hygiene products. Through its business model, based on the “buy one, donate one” principle, the company is able to provide women in fragile communities with access to reusable, cost-effective menstrual solutions and educational content.

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Ever wondered how a “franchise model” can ensure affordable access to hygienic sanitation in urban slums? That’s the story of Sanergy, a company providing accessible sanitation facilities in Kenyan cities and impoverished villages, as well as byproducts for local farmers and horticultural companies.

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SEP Jordan

SEP Jordan is re-defying stereotypes about refugees, fostering social and economical development in Jerash and Azraq camps (Jordan). An employment business model where refugee artisans are indeed the core engine of a profitable fashion startup, crafting high-end, quality textures.

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Thanks to its “multiple business structure“, Specialisterne employs people with autism and offers IT services to international clients. But how did Specialisterne manage to establish its trademark in Denmark, USA, Australia and Brazil, among others, and scale its impact whi?

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With over $12ML raised and 1095 projects funded, StartSomeGood is widely recognized as a leading crowdfunding platform. By using a traditional “matchmaking model“, the company helps changemakers find risk-capital for their socially-oriented initiatives.


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