Working with Social Enterprises

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Over the past four years, CRTI Fellows have undertaken summer projects at various social enterprises and NGOs in the developing world. Our inaugural batch of Fellows left for India in the summer of 2011 with a strong desire to assist organizations dedicated to catalyzing social change in fields ranging from livelihood and education to agriculture and health. They spent ten weeks in New Delhi’s stifling summer heat working to help enterprises such as Drishtee, iFarm, d.light, and the American India Foundation. Drishtee (www.drishtee.com) is a social enterprise that works with marginalized communities and supports rural enterprises particularly micro-franchising. CRTI Fellow, Tobias Hurlimann, worked with Drishtee and developed a framework that organizations could use to assess micro-franchising opportunities in developing countries, determine the infrastructure and services needed, and the key success factors in operating a micro-franchise. This framework was the culmination of many weeks that Tobias spent interviewing Drishtee’s management, franchises, and entrepreneurs as well as findings from secondary research. More to come about other Fellows and projects in subsequent posts.