Ame Seji and her co-funder Timi are creating the first ethical, sustainable natural hair extension company: Niche Hair Lab. They take sourcing seriously and plan to 'give back' throuh a local foundation for the communities from hwich they source hair from.
Claire Lyons started her business as a blog, about her 'family project' to consider how they were spending their money and reduce the amount of 'stuff' in their home. After baby number four Claire and her husband re-focused on what was important to them as a family, re-connected with their values and began thinking about how they could live more frugally and sustainably.
The trend for home-stays, farm-work holidays and other 'live like a local' adventures is growing in the tourism industry....but how do we know we are experiencing something authentic or contributing positively to the people we stay with, or local economy? Sanne Mejiboom has answered this with her social business: I-Like Local.
Joy Mackeith started Triangle Consulting with 2 other women, when they were freelancers and simply had a joint interest in working with mission driven organisations and charities. They now provide a suite of tools to help in one-to-one support situations, to enable the key-worker and service user to see the change or distance travelled for the service user, during the engagement.
Kudu & Mimi is a fantastic example of doing good business. Not only is the ethics and environment considered in sourcing and manufacturing the products they sell, the profits go towards a local charity the founders are passionate about. Tahni Aitken shares her story of setting up Kudu & Mimi with her sister.
A slightly different social entrepreneur this week, one who's business is all about supporting other people set up impactful and sustainable social enterprises all over the world. Solene Pignet, is French but lives in Turkey and travels when she wants to, whilst running her online social enterprise - Creators for Good
Putting her years of experience and passion in to Autism and ADHD, Annie says is not like going to work just how she chooses to spend her time. Annie discusses the challenges her organisation seeks to ease for families and adults with Autism or ADHD, how a social enterprise model allowed flexibility and independence to do what needed to be done, and how a trading arm is enabling their financial sustainability.