In praise of the social entrepreneur

  "What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up, and remake the world for the better." - David Bornstein: journalist, author and specialist writer on social innovation. Social entrepreneurs are those individuals who are lazer focused on making a difference to society and the world we live in by making positive change happen. They look for new ways of doing things, or finding solutions to key problems or challenges that exist in the environment, society or the communities we live in. Social entrepreneurs come from all walks of life and all types of communities, and they all share the same underlying drive and passion to see their ideas through. Many of them are having a huge effect on the world and the communities they live in, yet most people have not even heard of them. Here in Africa, we have some of the most passionate and committed social entrepreneurs, many of them women, who are creating powerful enterprises that are making a difference - whether it is bringing the work of the continent’s rural women makers and crafters to the attention of world markets; or finding innovative micro-financing solutions to empower a whole new generation of women entrepreneurs who previously had no access to finance; these social entrepreneurs are real game changers.