Dignity Through Entrepreneurship

The Role of Entrepreneurship in Ending Poverty and Homelessness

Social entrepreneurship has proven to provide impactful innovations for poverty alleviation,” says Abby Maxman, President of OxFam America. Maxman was among a diverse group of people working on poverty eradication who contributed to a recent roundtable discussion on ending extreme poverty. The idea of ending poverty and homelessness seemed absurd a generation ago. Today, the idea has been enshrined officially in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as something the world should achieve by 2030. The interrogation now remains: how can entrepreneurship be explored as a model for ending poverty? We can find the answer to this question by drawing on Orpe Human Rights Advocates Entrepreneurship Wraparound Model developed by Dr. Edward-T Moises.

Orpe Human Rights Advocates Entrepreneurship wraparound model  is based on the following pillars:​

  • Entrepreneurship capacity building

  • Equipping change-makers with transformational leadership skills

  • Stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship initiatives

  • Know-how, and technology

  • Coordinated supportive social services

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