Social Entrepreneurship

Business is the normative way in which people rise out of poverty.
- Rev. Robert A. Sirico

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  • Michael Miller on All Business is Social

    The whole concept of social business is a redundant one. Business is fundamentally social by being business.

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  • C. Neal Johnson on Loving One’s Neighbor Through One’s Vocation

    When Jesus was asked as to what the greatest commandment was, he said to love the Lord, but he said uh, “Like unto that is to love your neighbor,” so you’ve got the “love God” and “love other people.” And the primary way we love other people is through our vocations.

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  • C. Neal Johnson on the Impact of a Job

    One of the problems we saw in Kazakhstan when I was on the mission field there was that the people didn’t have jobs. The men were out, they didn’t think well of themselves so what did they do? They turned to the bottle; alcoholism problems were really rampant. They’re angry, they’re frustrated, they have no hope in life, and they don’t see any value in their life. But you take that same person, you give them a job, you give them something meaningful, and it can totally change their attitude toward life and give them hope, give them promise … So business not only creates valuable goods and services, but we’re creating employment for people that allows them to have a whole different sense of who they are, what their purpose is, and what their hope is for the future. And the social implications of that are just enormous.

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  • Eva Muraya on Dignity and Gainful Employment

    Business creation provides that opportunity for people to have gainful employment, and people can therefore support themselves by providing shelter and food and health for their families. I’ve seen that through my business. We begin to say no to poverty and begin to redeem the dignity of the citizens by virtue of creating business opportunity.

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  • Eva Muraya on the Social Effects of Business

    If more families in any community are engaged directly in business or benefit as a supplement to business having been created, then you find that people are happier. There’s social cohesion; societies are more amiable.

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  • Eva Muraya on the Impact of a Business

    I think the most sustainable way is for opportunity to be created, so that people can engage in enterprise…  If you had employed five people, if your business grows, then you will then employ twelve and eighteen and thirty, and a hundred. It’s happened in my business experience. A hundred families are being supported by Color Creations to date, directly. I haven’t even begun to talk about the families supported by the creditors and suppliers that I work with, or the other stakeholders in my business. That’s just one business.

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  • Malik Fal on Business Promoting Transformation

    When communities receive trucks of United Nation aid… it only goes so far for so long. It’s when you have a local business that’s striving, that’s employing people, that’s enabling employees to send their kids to school to change their habitat, to get the health benefits and so on. This is what really transforms communities.

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  • Rev. Robert A. Sirico on Business as the Path Out of Poverty

    When markets can expand within a juridical framework, with an ethical system at the center, the poor can rise out of poverty and have access to goods, to services, to employment, and to all of the things that a prosperous society can afford.

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  • Rev. Robert A. Sirico on the Benefit of Business

    The argument has been made that global capitalism, or the expansion of free markets, by its nature hurts the poor, and I think that is a seriously untutored idea. The way in which people rise out of poverty is not through state-to-state aid, not at the generosity or behest of bureaucrats, no matter how well intended, no matter how good personally these people may be. But it’s through the opportunities that people have in their families, in their localities, to exchange value, to be involved in business. Business is the normative way in which people rise out of poverty, not state-to-state aid, not the largess of politicians and bureaucrats.

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  • John Armstrong on Work

    In the narrative of creation, work is not bad, work is not punishment…. When you read the narrative, you will see that work was the gift of God; that He, God, is a worker. He’s a creator. And he put man on the earth to be the steward to cultivate, to create, to be, as it were, a co-creator, even, with God.

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