Womanity, represented by Antonella Vischer, works to empower women and girls around the world though further their contribution in economic, political, communities. The organization focuses on projects in Brazil, Palestine and India for the moment, but ambitions are high and expansions just around the corner.
Social entrepreneurship is a commercial business, a private initiative, Antonella clarifies. It has to be sustainable, viable and sometimes even attractive to investors to be really successful.
Through Changemakers, Womanity has encouraged women and girls to reach out to their dreams while doing the common good in the process. The organization goes way beyond concerns about funding and instead provides contact with professionals, consultants, networks, other social entrepreneurs.
The return is growth, empowerment and added social value to the communities of their collaborators.
She is a firm believer that the model can succeed. Under her helm, Asta has experienced a growth of more than 300% since its start in 2008. Freites started out with 5 salesladies of crafts and goods. Now she has more than 800.
And there is potential for others too, both directly and indirectly.
“Studies show in data that social entrepreneurs do make an impact,” Vischer says.
This can happen for instance through pushing policy change, promoting awareness and pushing the common perceptions of gender boundaries.
In terms of cold cash, “there is a very interesting opportunity in the relationship between businesses and social businesses,” she insists.
But investment is not necessarily for those who only look for profit. Supporters of social entrepreneurship can build strong brands, and expect a social return on investment.
It’s a journey towards the greater good, with a myriad of opportunities for partners and actors in all corners of the industry.