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The business of saving lives in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) – a social imperative? Insights from “The Global Soap Project”

The business of saving lives in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) – a social imperative? Insights from... PurposeUsing a single case study of The Global Soap Project, a social enterprise founded by an African Immigrant resident in the USA, this study explores, and posits how lives could be saved in Sub-Saharan Africa and especially so in the light of the Ebola pandemic ravaging swathes of West African communities.Design/methodology/approachThe qualitative study interrogates both the identity of an diasporic social entrepreneur in an attempt to develop a framework that links this concept to community entrepreneurship using a single case study. FindingsWith hindsight, The Global Soap Project has much to offer in terms of “saving lives” in these communities, as the battle against the Ebola virus calls for containment measures. Research limitations/implicationsWhile arguably limited in terms of being a single case, this study furthers our understanding on the role of social entrepreneurship in complementing community efforts and coping strategies for tackling pandemics such as the Ebola virus. Originality/valueThe study provides avenues for future research enquiry into how single cases might be transformed into multiple cases, both within and across sectors, for the benefit of humanity in general and affected communities in particular. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy Emerald Publishing

The business of saving lives in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) – a social imperative? Insights from “The Global Soap Project”

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1750-6204
DOI
10.1108/JEC-11-2014-0025
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Abstract

PurposeUsing a single case study of The Global Soap Project, a social enterprise founded by an African Immigrant resident in the USA, this study explores, and posits how lives could be saved in Sub-Saharan Africa and especially so in the light of the Ebola pandemic ravaging swathes of West African communities.Design/methodology/approachThe qualitative study interrogates both the identity of an diasporic social entrepreneur in an attempt to develop a framework that links this concept to community entrepreneurship using a single case study. FindingsWith hindsight, The Global Soap Project has much to offer in terms of “saving lives” in these communities, as the battle against the Ebola virus calls for containment measures. Research limitations/implicationsWhile arguably limited in terms of being a single case, this study furthers our understanding on the role of social entrepreneurship in complementing community efforts and coping strategies for tackling pandemics such as the Ebola virus. Originality/valueThe study provides avenues for future research enquiry into how single cases might be transformed into multiple cases, both within and across sectors, for the benefit of humanity in general and affected communities in particular.

Journal

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global EconomyEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 8, 2016

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