When Reach for Change launched its programs in Ethiopia in 2015, we were the first and only organization focusing solely on social entrepreneurship. There was a lot of work ahead to convince people that this phenomenon had the power to make a real, sustainable and lasting positive change on society. In 2016, the IKEA foundation joined as an anchor partner and this partnership was fundamental to our work to promote social entrepreneurship and improve conditions for children in Africa’s second most populous country.
“We know that social entrepreneurs have a deep understanding of their local realities. This ensures their solutions are relevant for the communities, families and children that they seek to benefit. The IKEA Foundation believes that helping social entrepreneurs in Ethiopia to succeed is key to creating a lasting positive impact. In partnership with Reach for Change, the IKEA Foundation supports social entrepreneurs so that thousands of children in Ethiopia can enjoy better health, better education and a brighter future”.
- Patrick Obonyo, Programme Manager, IKEA Foundation