The Power of Market-Based Solutions
Shell Foundation works to tackle the social, environmental and market barriers that stop nearly three billion people around the world (who survive on less than $2.50 a day) from accessing opportunities to earn income, improve their quality of life and escape the poverty trap.
Our aim is to apply entrepreneurial thinking to catalyse new ways to deliver lasting public benefit and to spur inclusive economic growth in developing countries.
We view the poor not as victims but as consumers facing hard choices. This means working to create social enterprises
with ground-breaking technologies and services that deliver social, environmental and economic value to low-income consumers at a price they can afford.
These new enterprises have the potential to earn their own income, achieve financial independence and go to scale by accessing private capital. With the right team, model and support, they can deliver large-scale impact without a long-term reliance on charitable support or subsidy.
Once a pioneer has proven viable and scaleable, we form partnerships with public and private actors to support widespread replication and amplify impact through the growth of new inclusive markets.
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