REcommended Reading: Building Social Enterprise 


From the Nobel Peace Prize winning author of Banker to the Poor and Creating a World Without Poverty comes Building Social Business. Muhammad Yunus, globally referred to as the pioneer of micro finance, again sets out to foster a business culture serving the bottom billion, this time through consumer products. 

Yunus devotes many pages to defining (or redefining, as the case may be) ‘social business’, a term which was first coined in the Victorian era. To Yunus a ‘social business’ of the 21st century is defined by having a unique mission “to overcome poverty, or one or more problems (such as education, health, technology access, and environment) which threaten people and society.” Yunus also specifically excludes profit maximization for shareholder wealth in ‘social business’, contrary to the primary purpose of a corporation in today’s market economy.

This book is a quick and fun read for those of you interested in business innovation or entrepreneurship. As all his books have been, Building Social Business is distinctly idealist, although less painfully so than Creating a World Without Poverty. While he has spent most of his professional life in academia, it doesn’t show-through in this writing. Every chapter includes a plethora of examples, ideas and even some jokes which engage the reader and make this non-fiction read a fairly easy one on the cranium. We would definitely recommend this one!

In Action! 

A Ganar students in the Dominican Republic working together during the first week of vocational training. 

Evergift believes a collaborative effort is needed to promote solutions to unemployment. That’s why we’ve teamed up! Partners of the Americas’ A Ganar, implemented in Sosúa, Dominican Republic by The DREAM Project, a youth education NGO, offers at-risk-youth valuable training and mentorship, preparing them to enter the workforce.  In partnership with The DREAM Project, EverGift will be distributing an interest-free small business loan to A Ganar graduates.   -Stay tuned for more!

Vision for the future: Co-Founder Matt Wanderer


Matt Wanderer, Co-Founder

My vision is for every global citizen to have the financial power to choose their destiny and live a fulfilled life.  I started EverGift because of the inherent power of micro-finance to do just that, EMPOWER.  This year, I will work to expand EverGift, strengthen social enterprise and empower bottom of the pyramid individuals across the Americas, Africa and Asia. 

What We’re watching: Emmy winner, Esperanza

Esperanza: Their Stories were Built with Hope

About the Movie: “When Seattle Mariners catcher Dave Valle came to the Dominican Republic to play winter ball in 1985, he was only expecting to improve his baseball.

Instead, he found a lifetime commitment.

Motivated by the poverty he and his wife witnessed during his visits to the region, Dave and his wife founded Esperanza in 1995, an organization dedicated to giving those who needed it “a hand up, not a hand out.”

Now, this absorbing film chronicles Esperanza’s inspirational and moving story – through the eyes of those whose lives have been changed in incredible ways.  Discover how local families have been empowered to become entrepreneurs – with businesses that have lifted both their incomes and their spirits.  And see the renewed hope for a brighter future in the eyes of their children.

Valle describes Esperanza as the “gift that keeps on giving.”  In this film, you’ll see just how valuable that gift can be.”

Review: “An Emmy winning display of the beautiful Dominican Republic and it’s valiant peoples. This short documentary examines the impact of micro-finance on women and mothers, and their communities.  Beautifully shot and executed throughout, this film makes you want to get up out of your chair and be a part of the action! Great work, CelebrityFilms LLC, and Dave Valle for his conceptualization.” -Emily Wanderer, Program Manager, EverGift