Developing Social Entrepreneurship offers a new, innovative model that can be implemented in the developing world to help alleviate poverty. In this model, called the Micro-consignment Model (MCM), local entrepreneurs work together with businesses to develop a distribution channel for essential goods and services.
Starting with an explanation of the field of social entrepreneurship as it stands today, Smith and Van Kirk show how this model is a development that builds and improves upon some of the existing models. For example, micro-credit and micro-franchise models still require an initial financial investment (and therefore risk) from the entrepreneur, while the micro-consignment model does not. The book also offers practical insights into applying the model, and making it scalable and replicable.
This book will be an engaging read for students in social entrepreneurship classes, and to practitioners, businesses and NGOs committed to poverty alleviation. 28 Line drawings, black and white; 20 Tables, black and white; 48 Illustrations, black and white