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A Gift that Gives More

What if every purchase we made always had a higher positive return?   NESsT enterprises provide opportunities for conscientious shoppers to drive positive change and transparency across all industries. As consumers, we have the power to demand ethical treatment of employees and suppliers as well as the sustainable care of our environment. The holiday season is a perfect time to make a gift that will provide a pathway out of poverty for low-income and marginalized individuals. Join [...] More ›

Let’s build a global collaborative culture where poverty is obsolete.

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we invite you to donate to NESsT. Join us in building a global collaborative culture where poverty is obsolete. For NESsT enterprises, building relationships based on respect and trust is at the core of expanding livelihood opportunities for diverse communities. Café Compadre empowers coffee farmers in the Peruvian jungle by providing them with solar-powered technology to roast and improve the quality of their coffee beans. This leads to an [...] More ›

¡Únete a la celebración!

  En celebración de #UnDiaParaDar te invitamos a donar a NESsT para crear una cultura de colaboración global donde la pobreza no existe. Para las empresas de NESsT, las relaciones basadas en el respeto y la confianza están en el centro de nuestro trabajo dedicado a crear oportunidades de trabajo para las comunidades marginadas. Café Compadre ayuda a los productores de café en la selva peruana, proporcionándoles la tecnología de energía solar para tostar y mejorar la calidad de [...] More ›

NESsT & Kiva Partner for Water Access in Peru!

How do you get an entire nation excited about reaching 100% access to potable water? A NESsT Enterprise figured it out, and it’s expanding. YAQUA’s impact starts with the sale of a bottle of water. When someone purchases a bottle of YAQUA, it is because 100% of earnings are directed to projects that solve water and sanitation problems in impoverished areas of Peru. NESsT and Kiva are excited to support YAQUA in raising $50,000 in small loans [...] More ›

The Ingredients for Maximizing Social Impact: Ensuring Marginalized Communities are the Protagonists

Photo by Barbara Rosner   What are the ingredients of an innovative approach to increase the impact of a business that is solving critical social problems? Being an entrepreneur is like cooking. At first glance, we all could try. All we need is access to a great recipe, the ingredients and tools (such as financing, an entrepreneurial spirit, or an online community of mentors) to guarantee a delicious dish in the end. At first sight, yes, it’s easy! But, [...] More ›

Meet the New NESsT

By Nicole Etchart and Loic Comolli, Co-CEOs of NESsT After nearly 20 years of developing social enterprises, our work and our strategy have evolved to encompass so much more than what we ever had envisioned when NESsT started. At the time, there was philanthropy and there was business, but very few people had the guts to try to combine both. NESsT was founded to champion social enterprises and prove that the model works. [...] More ›

Engaged Philanthropy Offers Innovative Solution for Investing in Social Change

 By Paul Shoemaker, Founding President, Social Venture Partners International Wherever I travel, it’s clear that communities are confronting big problems. Traditional philanthropy of the cheque-writing variety is not strong enough to solve them. Instead, I’d like us to think about what might be possible if we contributed our intellectual and social capital as well as our money; if we pooled the charitable contributions of multiple people and made more substantial grants to organizations that are leading [...] More ›

Retalhar Offers Women in Brazil Dignified Livelihoods

Women in emerging market countries face some of the greatest barriers to earning income to support their families. They are more likely to work in the informal economy, trying to survive with uncertain and low-paying jobs. Thanks to your support, NESsT enterprises like Retalhar in Brazil are seeking to provide dignified livelihoods for women in their communities — offering dignity and hope for a better future for these women and their families. Marcia saw her [...] More ›

NESsT Connects Entrepreneurs with Investors at SOCAP15

One of the greatest challenges cited by early-stage social entrepreneurs is the ability to find investors and secure financing to support their ventures. NESsT’s own research has highlighted how this gap in funding is limiting the potential of many social enterprises to grow and scale in emerging market countries. NESsT directly invests in and collaborates closely with the enterprises in its portfolio to prepare them to gain funding with co-investors, including coaching [...] More ›

Scaling Social Enterprise Impact by Investing at the Early Stage

By Nicole Etchart, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, NESsT The growth of the social enterprise economy in the past two decades is due to its success in addressing entrenched social and economic problems.  The persistent problems of unemployment, poverty, social exclusion, poor social services, and environmental degradation – even in fast-growing emerging market economies – call for new, innovative solutions. Neither pure market-based nor pure public sector approaches have effectively confronted these problems. Social enterprises offer a hybrid response [...] More ›