To sustainably address the vast social and environmental challenges in Africa, Africa’s grassroots social organization Sustainability for Africa is trying to make things right.
For most of Africa’s remote communities, social innovation has to be pioneered solely by the small grassroots organizations and social entrepreneurs working alongside local people—if present at all anyway. The social sector quite often is the only immediate vehicle of change for the average rural African household in responding to local constraints—from alternative energy solutions to building clean water sources.
But often, the small community-based organizations themselves do not have support for their activities. Besides, traditional donor agency funding has shown to have a very shortlived impact and is increasingly inaccessible for most of the social innovators that work at the frontlines of different causes for the millions of poor Africans.
The goal of this campaign is to reverse the cycle of poverty for Africa’s rural poor by building a Self-Sustaining Africa’s Grassroots Social Sector—as this is the turning point for social change in Africa’s remote poor communities. Rather than work on getting individual families out of poverty, they work through an Africa-wide capacity building for the key social sector players at the grassroots, change will be bottom up and literally sustainable.
They aim to define this goal with our own agribusiness social enterprise and then will use our own enterprise-generated finance to create an Africa-based Impact Investing Program to nurture other small African nonprofits and entrepreneurs championing social and environmental innovation by taking up social business models.