Handout or Hand up? A Social Entrepreneurship NGO Case in Mali
Dr. Warner Woodworth

Drawing on more than three decades of action research and academic analysis, the narrative below summarizes years of work designed and carried out by a U.S.-based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) laboring to raise financial resources and collaborate with rural villagers in one of the poorest regions within the impoverished country of Mali, West Africa. Academic disciplines drawn upon for this case include the social sciences, education and business. The thrust of this study includes microfinance, healthcare, education and literacy with a degree of emphasis on women’s issues. It explores the country’s challenges, the pursuit of several core strategies, andthe evolution of building an ecosystem for an improved quality of life and communal sustainability at the grassroots.

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