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Social Enterprise And Rural Livelihood

Providing opportunities and resources that enable rural and disadvantaged communities to create wealth for themselves, and thus improve their quality of life

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MAHABIR PUN: Making Nangi Part of the Digital World

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention.  Through his ingenuity, his desire to help his community and his Greatness of Spirit, 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee MAHABIR PUN was able to connect his small mountain village to the digital world.  And that deserves a double tap.RelatedPun, Mahabir (Awardee) This is how Mahabir Pun explains why he […]

LECTURE PAPER: Weaving the Fabric of a Social Enterprise

2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee KOMMALY CHANTHAVONG believes in the power of women to change the course of their lives and their society.  In this lecture paper, she shares how her social enterprise, Mulberries, started from a small cottage business to the leading producer of top quality Laotian silk.  It’s not merely feminism; it’s Greatness of […]

LECTURE PAPER: Is There Hope for This Country?

War. Social unrest. Human rights violations. Crippling poverty. Technological paranoia. Political tensions.  Climate change.  The world seems to be on a downward spiral.  We have to ask ourselves the question: is there hope for the world?RelatedMeloto, Antonio (Awardee) 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Antonio Meloto delivers a riveting and heartfelt lecture that points to a resounding […]

KOMMALY CHANTHAVONG: Weaving Better Futures for Women

One woman, through her Greatness of Spirit, has restored the art of silk weaving in her country, Laos, has established a thriving social enterprise for the women in her country and has empowered her society to create colorful tapestries of hope for themselves. To say that 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Kommaly Chanthavong has woven for […]

ANSHU GUPTA: Using Clothing to Save Lives

The phrase “give the shirt off one’s back” takes a whole new meaning using the lens of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Anshu Gupta.  Through his groundbreaking organization, Goonj, he has literally changed India’s paradigm of giving and has restored the dignity of the receiver.  All this through the power of giving the shirt off one’s […]

LECTURE PAPER: Wallet of the Poor – A Model of Sustainable Faith-Based Giving

2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Dompet Dhuafa never knew that from humble beginnings, their organization will become the largest philanthropic organization in Indonesia.  In this heartfelt lecture, they laid out the pillars of their successful programs that have collected an impressive USD 20 million and have reached out to a staggering 13 million beneficiaries.  These transformative […]

AIDFI Makes Waves

A 200-year old technology – the ram pump – was able to revitalize an impoverished community by providing it with a basic need we all take for granted: clean water.  2011 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee AIDFI has since installed their hydraulic ram pumps in 184 upland communities across the Philippines and even other countries, including Afghanistan, Nepal […]

LECTURE PAPER: Connecting Rural Nepal to the Global Village

We all know the internet’s power of making our vast world into a small global village through a click of a button.  With geography working against them, can communities in the hinterlands of Nepal connect with the rest of the world?  2007 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Community Leadership Mahabir Pun shares in this technical (but […]

PODCAST: 2011 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee-Organization AIDFI Lecture

How can an ordinary ram pump change the people’s lives? Listen to this (slightly) technical but very interesting podcast of 2011 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee-Organization Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI) on the humble ram pump, an innovative solution that the Filipino people ought to be proud of.RelatedAlternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (aidfi) (Awardee)

HARISH HANDE: Power for the People

By broadening his perspective and embracing not just technology but the socio-economic needs of the community, 2011 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Harish Hande has successfully used solar energy to empower the poorest of the poor. Over 120,000 households to be exact.RelatedHande, Harish (Awardee) Solar energy is environmentally desirable, but it is very expensive and only the […]