How do you unlock the social impact potential of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)? And how can development entrepreneurs maximise their success? Meet social impact pioneer Richenda Van Leeuwen, Executive Director of ANDE - The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.
There are approximately 400 million SMEs globally. SMEs make up the backbone of economies around the world. During this podcast, Richenda shares practical ways social entrepreneurs, anywhere in the world can access tools and support to grow.
Richenda and ANDE help to create access to capital and access to technical assistance for smaller businesses and their leaders. Whether the businesses are at the incubation stages or accelerating and scaling. Working in ten different countries, with eight chapters across much of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Central America – Richenda explains:
“My vision, is that you could be an entrepreneur anywhere in the world and have the access to finance and have the tools to help support you to have the best possible chance to succeed.”
In addition to practical advice for SME leaders, Richenda also delves into the challenges holding us back from achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and why getting local capital in locally denominated currencies is vital to unlocking the social impact potential of SMEs. She highlights the importance of engaging smaller businesses in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – as countries work out their climate action plans to cut emissions and adapt to climate impacts.
Ultimately Richenda is hopeful, listen in to hear more.
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