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February 2018

Expanded Self Help Group Launches (Feb 3 '18)

  Can social programs truly become self-sustaining? We are going to find out.   On January 1, we launched a project to help 20 struggling self-help groups in western Ethiopia learn to multiply themselves with their own funding. If we are successful, these 20 groups in four years will have become 100 groups helping some 1500 families and starting new groups among their neighbors—without any further help from us.  In 2013 our child sponsorship program in Addis Ababa began eleven self-help groups for the parents or guardians of our sponsored... [more]

Can Social Enterprises be Self-Sustaining? (Feb 2 '18)

"Wholly sustainable social enterprises are a myth." So declared Alastair Wilson, CEO of School of Social Entrepreneurs in London, in a post September 14, 2017. When you work with people with less education in less desirable environments and pay higher costs than your competitors, it is harder to turn a profit. It is very tempting to turn to grant funding to generate the income you need to sustain your impact. Before long you are dependent on grant funding. In the end, the claims of many NGO’s to be producing sustainability prove hollow. Delivering goods and services, therefore,... [more]