Project Have Hope: Managing Growth, Commitment, Time, Inventory, and Other Challenges
(8 pages of text)
Boston-based Project Have Hope was a non-profit social enterprise promoting financial stability for 100 women in Kampala, Uganda, who had been displaced as a result of Uganda’s civil war. Established in 2006, Project Have Hope used revenue from the sale of paper bead jewellery and other products made by the women to provide training, loans, and children’s tuition. The project faced many challenges over the years, including an unplanned expansion of its beneficiaries, staffing challenges, an oversaturated bead jewellery market, rising costs, and the founder’s unsustainable workload. In 2019, Project Have Hope was at a nexus: how could the founder sustain Project Have Hope into the future?
This case is suitable for undergraduate-, and graduate-level courses on social entrepreneurship, non-profit management, and the poverty surrounding refugees. After working through the case and assignment questions, students will be able to do the following:
- Outline the decisions, challenges, and constraints social entrepreneurs face as they seek to remain economically viable while working toward achieving their social missions.
- Identify short-term and long-term strategies for success.
- Manage an organization’s mission and the expectations of beneficiaries.
- Measure social impact.
- Manage the emotional and personal involvement of an entrepreneur in a social venture.
- Identify issues facing refugees after displacement (e.g., poverty), and analyze organizations that are developed to benefit refugees.
- Recommend short-term and/or long-term strategic management options for sustaining and growing a non-profit organization.
Social Advocacy Organizations
Uganda; United States, Small, 2019
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