Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly growing field that combines business practices with social impact, and is driven by individuals who seek to drive change by leveraging their entrepreneurial skills. Social entrepreneurs are not only creating businesses, but they are also addressing critical issues such as poverty, education, and healthcare.
In recent years, there has been a surge in the number of social entrepreneurs, and Black women are at the forefront of this movement. Meet 5 women breaking down barriers, creating innovative solutions, and paving the way for future generations.
Is a financial educator and founder of The Budgetnista, an organization that helps people achieve financial freedom. She is on a mission to help women create financial legacies and has been recognized as one of the most influential personal finance experts.
Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon
Is the creator of Founder Gym, an online training center for underrepresented founders. She has made it her mission to help founders of color and women break into the tech industry.
Ebonie Johnson Cooper
Has made it her life’s mission to empower young Black civic leaders to drive meaningful change in their communities. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Young, Black & Giving Back Institute, an organization that offers educational programs and workshops focused on fundraising, grassroots leadership, board creation, and organizing. Through her work, Cooper has provided guidance and continued support to help young Black civic leaders thrive in their work, and she is dedicated to helping the next generation of leaders.
Founded Kreyol Essence, a socially responsible beauty product company that sources key ingredients from Haitian farm workers to support economic growth and poverty alleviation in Haiti. As Momperousse explained during her Shark Tank appearance, “Social businesses have to be real businesses in order to have an impact,” and Kreyol Essence exemplifies this belief by successfully balancing social responsibility with commercial success. The brand’s signature product, Haitian Black Castor Oil, has gained popularity among celebrities, and Kreyol Essence serves as a model for social entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses while making a positive impact.
Jessica O. Matthews
Is the founder of Uncharted Power, a renewable energy company that aims to create sustainable solutions to global problems. She has been recognized as one of the “50 Smartest Companies” by MIT Technology Review and as a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum.