Young Brazilians gamble on the social entrepreneurial carrer path.
In 2006, Tiago Dalvi started to pay more attention to the talent of Brazilian artisans and craftsman,who created quality products at competitive prices. The issue was that they had no idea whatsoever, of how to sell their products. That’s how the social company Solidarium Comercio Justo was born.This company takes the product crafted by artisans and craftsmen to major retailers.
Dalvi says that to start was really hard. When he started he wanted to save the whole world,he adds he stumbled a lot, but learnt a lot from his own mistakes. The entrepreneur first successful client was Wal Mart, the huge north american chain,present in Brazil. He says he needed 6 months just to get over the secretary.
After insisiting a lot, one day he got a call from one of the directors, who wanted to schedule a meeting. He filled up two bags full of products. For the first moment he was only able to sell the products in one shop, after sometime, he was already selling in 56 shops of the chain. He says that that was a “window” that helped him a lot to open doors. His company gets 10% of comission per sale. Last year Solidarium invoiced nearly 900.000 DKK in sales.
Davi is making a lot buzz,overseas. Solidarium was awarded as one of the 5 major innovations for the socio economic development of the world. Solidarium joined a competition promoted by Ebay Foundation and competed against 900 other businesses from all over the world.
Davi has a good feeling about his venture and foresees international expansion as their next step. He intends to take his business to India and China, where there are similiar socio economic issues.
The Socio Business in Brazil
Events focused on social entrepreneurship also grow day after day.Menthors, investment funds, accelerators are all looking for this kind of venture in Brazil, says Izzo, an investor from a company called VOX.
VOX is a private equity firm that invests in businesses with a cause. This means, businesses that cause a social impact. One example in their portfolio is Banco Pérola, that grants credit to youngsters excluded from the financial system. The business model of Banco Pérola was created based on a survey that showed that 3,9 million youngsters in Brazil dream about becoming entrepreneurs, but they have no acess to credit. Alessandra Goncalves,is the founder of Banco Perola.
Social entrepreneurship in Brazil stopped for a long time to be faced as a NGO kinda of thing or philantropy. Social businesses have a CNPJ (Its the equivalent to CVR for Brazilian companies), pay taxes and most of them aim profit. The difference of this business is that it seeks to maintain it self in a sustainable manner, and usually there is a huge social impact and a purpose that drives the whole business.
Denmark Brazil as a social ivaeksttere
Denmark Brazil.com seeks through knowledge and quality content generation, be a bridge for Danish and Brazilian businesses. My intention is in the first place, to make Danes more knowledgeble about Brazil. After that I want to generate more business for Danish and Brazilian companies. Denmark Brazil, seeks to become the main HUB, between Danish and Brazilian ivaekstteren.
If i would call Denmark Brazil a social business? Not so sure about it. I’m surely looking for profit, but my purpose in playing a significant contribution for both countries and doing something I am passinonate about, are my main and real drives.
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