Transitioning out of Ethiopia to Implement Regional Sustainability

Nisha ChakravartyEthiopia, NSE, USALeave a Comment

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We made a decision in August to not invest in Ethiopia. It was a tough call given that we have spent two years in Ethiopia researching and planning for investment with a team on the ground. But we’re extremely comfortable with our decision due to two undeniable factors: 1) the Ethiopian business environment is not especially conducive to Nuru as … Read More

Nisha ChakravartyTransitioning out of Ethiopia to Implement Regional Sustainability

Exploring Honey in Ethiopia

Wilson KaoBusiness Lines, Ethiopia, NSELeave a Comment

Nuru Ethiopia Social Enterprises (NESE) is looking forward to an exciting coming few months. After rigorously exploring potential investment areas and gathering input from agriculture experts, development specialists, consultants and entrepreneurs, we are looking forward to the next stage: operationalizing our high-potential business ideas. Our first pilot will likely be in Ethiopian honey. Due to the country’s diverse flora, Ethiopia … Read More

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The Critical Role of Social Enterprises in Poverty Eradication

Nisha ChakravartyBusiness Lines, Ethiopia, Kenya, NSE, USALeave a Comment

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January 2014 marked the official launch of Nuru Social Enterprises (NSE), a for-profit holding company of Nuru International. However, the genesis of Nuru Social Enterprises began in 2008 when Nuru International launched its first project in Kuria, Kenya, with the firm belief that eradicating extreme poverty could be both a sustainable and scalable initiative.  We have always defined sustainability as … Read More

Nisha ChakravartyThe Critical Role of Social Enterprises in Poverty Eradication

Living in Addis Ababa; An Outsider’s Perspective

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In a few days I will have been living in Ethiopia for a month. The experience has been filled with the unfamiliar, which I find eye opening. Before leaving, a mentor described Addis Ababa as a city caught between two worlds. I completely agree. There are elements of the not-yet-modern in one of the oldest capitals: rocky unpaved roads that … Read More

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Understanding the Nuru Social Enterprises Prototype for Ethiopia

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  When I “boiled” the many iterations in Kenya down and compiled a list of lessons learned, it came to six:  Lesson #1: Establish SE in areas that have ready access to market Lesson #2: Launch SE business lines early to enable business lines to grow to full potential; develop contingency plan early as well. Lesson #3: Establish SE in … Read More

Nisha ChakravartyUnderstanding the Nuru Social Enterprises Prototype for Ethiopia

Nuru Ethiopia Social Enterprises Business Exploration

Wilson KaoBusiness Lines, EthiopiaLeave a Comment

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  The past three months at NESE have been productive, to say the least. With the help of the NI and NESE staff, we have found many potential business endeavors. Together we have developed a strong and cohesive working relationship that has been extremely beneficial to our business ventures. The majority of our time together has been spent interviewing, meeting … Read More

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