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Your idea can change history’s course

In these turbulent times of recessions, terrorism, HIV/Aids, poverty, service delivery dilemmas and global warming Zimbabwe needs innovators who will take on these challenges and come up with interventions that will bring change to the lives of many. It is no longer time to sit back and complain it is time to take responsibility and bring about changes that last. President Barak Obama has inspired many to do their bit for society and was famously quoted saying, ‘I am asking you to stand up and play your part. I’m asking you to help change history’s course, put your shoulder against the wheel.’

Social enterprises can provide solutions for the social imbalances and social needs of Zimbabwe. An Asoka Fellow has been quoted saying, ‘The job of the social entrepreneur is to recognize when a part of society is stuck and to provide new ways of getting it unstuck. He or she finds what is not working and solves the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.’ As a nation we have many areas that have become stuck and many that are not working. A new breed of entrepreneurs has the solutions to the problems that we face. They are at grassroots where these problems are. They live with these problems and understand them. The problem is that they have solutions and ideas but no way of getting them off the ground. There is no support available to help them get their idea of the ground.

Social Entrepreneurship is practically non existent in Zimbabwe. While economies the world over are being changed and shaped by social entreprenuers, Zimbabwe is lagging behind with no strong focus on social entrepreneurship. We need social enterprises that will shift paradigms and make large scale change. There is a need for these paradigm shattering enterprises, the likes of the Graemeen Bank, The Aravind Eye Care System and South Africa’s Tateni. There is a call for the visionary, a call for innovators to do their part in changing the face this nation, continent and even the world.

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