Social Enterprise As A Community Empowerment Tool

Social Enterprise As A Community Empowerment Tool

Presenter: Kukui Maunakea-Forth

The Waiʻanae Community Re-Development Corporation’s (Kauhale) mission is to establish a non-profit community development corporation (CDC) to plan and implement community-based economic development (CBED) projects that create opportunities through the education, training, and mentoring of participants (residents) of the Waiʻanae community, especially youth.  Kauhale eduprise programs serve moku youth of which a majority are native Hawaiian, of low socio-economic status, possess low academic attainment levels and often suffer a disproportionate amount of health and well-being disparities.  The majority is also wahine. Our organization believes that we are making significant assets available to wahine in our programs and that they will be powerful civic contributors as a result.  We would like to present our programs and practices in a venue that allows us to reflect and critique with other individuals and organizations doing similar work.   Receiving and sharing best practice would be a practical and productive outcome for our participation.

About ʻAha Wahine

On February 4, 2012, more than 300 Native Hawaiian women gathered to inspire, inquire, invest, and invigorate each other with ʻike, aloha, and kuleana. Presentations by highly regarded experts covered topics that concerned our ancestral gods, our modern day leaders, health issues that are unique to us, and economic issues that affect us. This gathering was an opportunity to garner ideas for the larger ʻAha Wahine that will happen in August 2011.

More information about the upcoming August conference can be found at www.ahawahine.org.

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