Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
Iskandar_Laila.jpgLaila Iskandar has won the The Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Egypt, prize awarded by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
The innovation of CID’s project consists on helping communities set up sustainable waste recycling programs which have been replicated in Mogattam area (Cairo), Minia and Sinai. Through this project, CID saves resources and creates jobs while improving sanitary conditions of the involved communities.
Laila Iskandar Kamel introduced innovative social and environmental projects to the garbage collectors or zabbaleen. These have largely been creating non-formal educational models of learning in the context of recycling. They have helped the garbage collectors break the cycle of exploitation and receive proper compensation for their valuable work.
“Social entrepreneurship is not a discipline or a new field but is an approach to solving economic, environmental and social challenges that combines pragmatism, opportunity and sustainability. Social entrepreneurs may set up their organizations as for profit or not for profit entities, but their primary goal is social change.”
Next week the Elective on Social Entrepreneurship will be taught at Instituto de Empresa by Dr. Pamela Hartigan, Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, together with Professor Joseph Pistrui.


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