Zameen Organic is a young Indian agribusiness company, owned and controlled by 6000 small and marginal farmers, specialised in fairtrade and organic products.Zameen (Hindi for Soil) adds value to farmers’ produce through processing and marketing, creating a profit that flows back to the owners of the company and their communities.The entrepreneur Describe your commitment and motivation for this company. *Development through trade, not aid is our motto. Consumers need to pay an honest price which allows producers to make an honest living.In Hindi: \"jho mainat karte hai, unko phaida milna chahiye\" In English: \"those who sweat should benefit\" We believe that in the global economy small farmers should get a chance to represent themselves directly (no NGO\'s, no middlemen). If ethical brands get to know the farmers intimately they can develop new ways of bringing consumers and farmers together which will help farmers find a long term secure market.
Zameen Organic: small farmers meet ethical brands
by Gijs Spoor, , 25 January, 2008
There has been a spurt in interest in social entrepreneurship in recent years. The study and support of social entrepreneurs has found increasing acceptance amongst foundations, business schools, journals and competitions. This paper uses David Bornstein’s book ‘How to Change the World’ to revisit and reflect upon some of these concepts. It explores traits of social entrepreneurs and provides a model for social entrepreneurial mapping. In the conclusion the discussion focuses on the need to contextualise social entrepreneurship by connecting with existing traditions of looking at the poples sector in India and elsewhere.
How to Change the World: Exploring Social entrepreneurship
by Inir Pinheiro and C. Shambu Prasad, , 01 January, 1970

Financial Express, 29 January, 2007

‘Social entrepreneurship was an oxymoron, today it is different’

To Nannu, 2006 wasn’t the year of the stock market boom or the economy’s march towards an unprecedented 9% growth rate. For this resident of Welcome Mazdoor Colony, a slum habitation in East Delhi, it was the year of realising something more vital – his right to information and action from a callous government machinery. And that prerogative was granted to him by the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which gives citizens the right to question their governments, inspect government records, take copies thereof and participate in day-to-day governance.

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