President of Engineering for Change, USA
Managing Director at B-Space (U) Ltd, Uganda
Founder of BEMPU Health, India
Asogagumuy and APROTEC, Colombia
»It’s a paradigm shift: seeing people in developing regions as customers and active entrepreneurs, rather than just recipients of aid. Technology is an important factor in limiting income inequality and advancing global development. I was very excited to serve as a juror for the empowering people. Award in 2016, since we’ve been working with the empowering people. Network for a few years now. We support each other, learn from each other, and discover new opportunities and possibilities for achieving our common goal: making tomorrow’s world a better place.«
»Social entrepreneurs need direction and assistance as they follow their path. The empowering people. Network’s online tool, SAMforSE (Self-Assessment Manual for Social Entrepreneurs), enables entrepreneurs to conduct an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses. After the test, the empowering people. Network offers anyone interested individual coaching to further develop a participant’s strengths. Right now, I’m working as a coach with two companies in Uganda to help them properly set up their business structure, without losing sight of the social impact.«
»The work done by my team and others who are part of the empowering people. Network can sometimes leave you feeling like you’re all on your own. It’s challenging to work on problems that affect poor people. New businesses must learn to deal with numerous setbacks before they can see the impact of their work. We all want to do something positive for the world and help people help themselves. Winning first prize in the empowering people. Award is quite an honor. Working with like-minded individuals in the network is inspiring: we feel stronger and realize we aren’t alone in taking on this task!« Ratul Narain received first prize in the empowering people. Award for the BEMPU Hypothermia Bracelet, which monitors a newborn’s temperature and helps parents in developing regions prevent life-threatening hypothermia. Learn more about BEMPU and the other winners in this video.
»I’ve been a member of the empowering people. Network since 2012. With courses, lectures, and workshops, the network is more than just a platform for exchanging knowledge and ideas. It’s also a space for talking about the dreams and motivation that keeps every member of the network going. It creates valuable contacts and lifelong friendships that broaden each person’s horizons while encouraging us to find solutions to urgent problems – and to actually implement them. For example, at the last workshop, I took home two valuable insights about organizational culture that I have since implemented in my business.«