In Prison

Social Entrepreneurship, as defined, is the product of any individual, organizational, or network activity that demonstrates some element of sociality, innovation, and market orientation, irrespective of its legal form (it may be a charity or business enterprise), resource strategy (for profit, not for profit, voluntary sector) or sectoral home (public, private, or civil society). The bottom line here is to make an impact on the lives of the people.

Before we embark on this endeavor with our incarcerated sisters, the questions we ask here are simple. What is the role of social entrepreneurship in the development of our incarcerated women who want to live better lives after serving their time in jail? How do women benefit from this endeavor? Will social entrepreneurship facilitate or hinder their participation in development efforts? Does it play a key factor in the challenge of sustainability? What is the impact of social entrepreneurship in the communities and in the lives of each individual incarcerated members of our organization? How can we work towards positive change?

Our organization aims to assess the impact of social entrepreneurship as a means of improving the lives of our incarcerated sisters and its role in women’s development. We are not just talking about generating income but we are more concerned about its sustainability. Sustainable livelihood and development have been a tremendous challenge for our generation. This is important in our hope of achieving true community development, for our incarcerated sisters to be empowered once again as they become productive members of our society. To empower the people is to give them choices. These choices allow them to take control of their lives and work for a better and sustainable future. All of these can happen with the collaboration of community members, civic society groups, the private sector, and government institutions. The way we see it, social entrepreneurship is a promising alternative in bringing constructive change in the lives of our incarcerated sisters and the communities they live in.

Can Social Entrepreneurship Help Our Incarcerated Sisters?