Make Social Entrepreneurship a Part of Your Philanthropy

Over the past 20 years, NESsT has invested in social entrepreneurs creating jobs for those most in need because we’ve learned that this is one of the most effective solutions to poverty.    

Why should you make social entrepreneurship a part of your philanthropy?

Retalhar is a social enterprise that upcycles used textiles, offering job skills and income to women from low-income communities, while also providing blankets to the homeless. Through their work, they recycle 10.5 tons of textiles annually and have reached 2,950 underserved individuals.

Lucas Corvacho and Jonas Lessa, Founders of Retalhar share their experience in the NESsT Portfolio.

Lucas Corvacho (L) and Jonas Lessa (R).  Photo Credit: Renato Stockler/Divulgação Folha de São Paulo

Lucas Corvacho (L) and Jonas Lessa (R). Photo Credit: Renato Stockler/Divulgação Folha de São Paulo

The best part about being in the NESsT Portfolio is having a foothold from which to face challenges of high complexity.
Being surrounded by the expertise and experiences provided by NESsT has been really important for us. With the guidance of NESsT's professional team and the tools they have supplied, we have strengthened our company's strategy. What we have learned and achieved with NESsT is deeply rooted in Retalhar's culture and is setting us up for greater growth and social impact.
We are entrepreneurs because our dream is for sustainability to become a basic market rule, not just a competitive advantage. Our dream is to transform, to change reality into something fair for all.
This will not be possible without increasing people's awareness of social inequality, environmental justice and sustainability.
Supporting NESsT is an investment in society. By guiding and providing social entrepreneurs tools to pursue their dreams, NESsT is able to help them to improve their businesses while finding solutions to socio-environmental problems.

You can help build the dream we share with Jonas and Lucas.


Thank you for believing in NESsT and taking part in this work,

Nicole Etchart and Loic Comolli, NESsT Co-CEOs