Social entrepreneurs can be found all over the world, in most industries, and where there are pressing needs. Here are a few examples:
- Istvan Aba-Horvath: Based in Hungary, Istvan’s mission is to aid Gypsy children in getting an education and simultaneously earn money. http://www.romacentrum.hu/kozhaz/debrecen
- Raul Oscar Abasolo Trincado: Raul lives in Chile and works with poor, outcast youth in his country. He has provided an opportunity for them to become meaningful and productive members of society.
- Mohammed Bah Abba: Mohammed has “resurrected” a form of pottery that was originally used in ancient Egypt. This pottery has allowed his people to keep their food fresh in the harsh climate of Nigeria.
- Abbass Abbass: Abbass started AlManarah in 2005, an organization centered in Israel. His mission is to stop discrimination against disabled people in his country.
- Rafael Alvarez: Rafael’s goal is to help American youth extend their outlook beyond graduation from high school, to highly skilled jobs by training students with the skills they need to do so. He accomplishes this goal through his organization, Genesys Works. http://www.genesysworks.org/
- Anita Ahuja: In India, Anita has addressed problems of waste, sanitation, and unemployment into a social entrepreneurial organization. Her business produces high-end accessories, such as wallets and purses, out of plastic waste. http://www.conserveindia.org/
- Manish Sankla: In India, Manish has been igniting youths by creating "consciousness" amongst young minds about their social responsibilities towards the wider community through Health, Education and Social activities. http://www.yuvaignitedminds.com/
- Jiten Agrawal: In India, Jiten is conserving environment by planting trees. TREES are planted by taking individual unique click through its website. http://www.click2plant.com/
- Ela Bhatt, Founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) and the SEWA Cooperative Bank in Gujarat.
- Dr Abraham M George, Founder of The George Foundation (TGF).
- Dr Verghese Kurien, Founder of the AMUL Dairy Project.
- Bunker Roy, Founder of Barefoot College which promotes rural development through innovative education programmes.
- Thinlas Chorol, Founder of the Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company.
- Nand Kishore Chaudhary, Founder of Jaipur rugs, which promotes rural development through capacity building of rural people in carpet weaving.
- Dr Govindappa Venkataswamy and Thulasiraj D Ravilla who established Aravind Eye Hospital where lakhs of operations have been carried out, about two-thirds of them free!
- The Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Medical Sciences under the admirable leadership of Dr Devi Shetty carries out three dozen surgeries a day, among them 60% are carried out at a nominal cost or free of charge.
- Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), run by S Rajagopalan and Svati Bhogle, which supports the development and launch of financially rewarding and environmentally-friendly methodologies into thriving enterprises.
If you also desire to be one such individual who wants to make a remarkable mark and impact on the society you are living in then the first step is to visit www.atth.org and register yourself to attend the mega SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM on November 4th,2012 in Bangalore to witness the young social entrepreneurs from all across the globe sharing their experiences so that you can take back the lessons to start off with a social entrepreneurial venture of your own. To know more you can message to firstname.lastname@example.org