This is a campaign to mobilize Arab social entrepreneurs.
Poverty in the Arab world is growing while it decreases globally.. The Arab region contains 55% of the world's refugees, but only 5% of the world's population. In Syria, poverty levels have reached 80% while life expectancy has decreased by 20 years. In Egypt, 24 million people live in poverty while one in three cannot read or write. In Lebanon and throughout the region, around 30% of women and youth are unable to access jobs.
Social entrepreneurs are making a difference. These are the people on the frontlines, challenging the status quo, serving the most marginalized populations and creating a new equilibrium.
Alfanar (meaning ‘Beacon’ in Arabic) finds the social entrepreneurs who are demonstrating measurable results and works with them to strengthen, sustain, and scale their impact by providing financing and critical management support. Over the course of our investment, social enterprises we support reach 36% more people each year and generate 49% more revenue to serve their communities each year.
We are your platform to serve as a beacon of change!
Our Call to Action
We aim to raise 700,000 GBP in 2018 to invest in 20 social enterprises and impact 20,000 lives over one year.
We challenge you to apply the most innovative methods to mobilize resources based on your skills, network, and talent.
There are many ways to #BeTheBeacon:
Set up a monthly contribution or make an annual investment
#BeTheBeacon is about how anyone can become a social innovator and change the world for the better.
We invite you to share your story using photos or a short video. Tell us your name, where you live, what social entrepreneurship means to you, what you are doing to #BeTheBeacon, and what you want others to do!
Post your story on your social media using the hashtag #BeTheBeacon, and tag @AlfanarVP so we can like and share. You can also post directly on our Facebook page.
The most innovative beacon who reaches the highest number of likes/views and funds will be invited to spend a weekend at Deir el Qamar thanks to the generous partnership of social entrepreneurship pioneers Soul El Tayeb.
(Tip! Horizontal footage works best, and if you can have someone film you rather than using a selfie the resolution will be higher.)
How the funds are being used to change the face of the region:
£28 provides training and employment to a disadvantaged women or man in Egypt to serve as a caregiver for the elderly. ~Together for You
£100 will teach a child how to read and write, changing their life forever by giving them the opportunity to fulfill their love of learning. ~Ana Aqra