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cafe -transparency I am a small investor in blessed coffee dc - we aim to open 200 social stations in next 5 years maximising diaspora connections with coop growers in africa

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blessed coffee founded by  tebabu (a white house champion of change ) 

model - ethoipans -largest dc diaspora - aim to host most extreme value chain summits- with benchmark examples:

the blessed cafe format aims to minimise middle men: optimisaing prices for farmers and optiming how cafes can be hubs for jobs in dc and other capitals

legal model - the blessed coffee was one of the first to be constituted as a benefit corps- and its hq takoma park maryland is the deepest network of practitioners of benefit corps

cafes provide space for us to display all extreme value to producer categories - and link these to web sales platforms where the merchandise isnt storable

this appeared inbox from uk guardian -not how our schools are failing to train for service apprenticeship which now social store frrmats can do best

Portas-approved social enterprise opens second high street store

Most social enterprises only dream of high street success. But Turly Humphreys, founder of Circle Sports, has just launched her second store in Dalston. She tells her story

• What I wish I'd known before starting a crowdfunding campaign
• The sadness of closing a social enterprise
• How I went from unpaid intern to trailblazing social changer
CircleSports
Turly Humphreys, founder of Circle Sports, has just launched her second store in Dalston. Photograph: Circle Sports

I don't believe there aren't jobs out there for young people, they just don't know how to get them. We take 18- to 24-year olds from the job centre and put them through a 10-week job skills training course, giving them individual attention. We had an IT genius who couldn't get work until we put him on the shop floor at Toys R Us for a few weeks to learn basic skills. Now, he's landed his dream job.

Circle Sports labelPhotograph: Circle Sports

We're doing what Jamie Oliver is doing with Fifteen, but without a celebrity founder. I'm a single mum with a sports scholar son who often spent the weekend on the sidelines seeing how sport brought all sorts of kids from all sorts of backgrounds together.

I always wanted to go big with this social enterprise. I'm from a branding background and spent decades at big companies. From the beginning, I didn't imagine anything less than huge.

Mary Portas has given me her backing from the word go. She's rung several times and said she's happy to publicly endorse the shops, even if she doesn't have the time to personally be involved.

A lot of promised funding was pulled from us before we opened our first sports shop in Westminster in 2010. But, in the corporate world, you don't just give up. We found the money. People donated stock, Land Aid paid one of the wages for one year, John Lewis donated shop fittings. We've had support in various shapes and sizes from more than 20 blue-chip companies. Argos provided the shop fit out for the new Hackney store.

People think kids are tech savvy, but they can't do a lot of basic things that older age groups take from granted. We work with kids who didn't get on well at school, and they struggle doing certain things with email packages.

Circle has placed more than 60 young people in permanent employment, with a 90% retention rate (at least one year, but majority still in work) since the launch of the first Westminster store in 2010.

We trained one of the boys as a bike mechanic and he now works for Halfords. He still comes in to help out, as do the others who've been through the programme. They come in to mentor new kids. Lots of those who've been through the programme are now employed in West End retail stores. Perhaps they don't want to be in those jobs forever, but they've got confidence, ambition and skills, which they didn't have before.

Prince Charles came to the Westminster store and couldn't believe what was happening with young people in the UK. He seemed aghast when we talked about it.

We don't want to stigmatise our young people by flagging them up as a charity case, but we want people to know that buying with us contributes to kids' futures. We have our mission statement over the walls and on the clothing tags we explain to people that buying items will mean buying social and supporting young people.

We will devote a third of our shop floor space to new designers.We stock a mixture of well-known brands and new local designers and are moving towards more up-and-coming designers.

We've been chatting to John Lewis about an employee-ownership model. This is our aim. But working with the best legal experts it only looks feasible if we have more than 50 staff and £25,000 spare. At the moment, we have five full-time staff and two paid interns and run tight on incomings and outgoings.

We're not looking for loans; we aim to be self-sustaining in two years. Last year we brought in about £30,000 from sales and the DWP gives us money for supporting young people into work. We've also had £100,000 come from a variety of organisations including John Lewis, Trust for London, Land Securities and John Lyon's Charity in Westminster. We don't want to take on any loans. We know the model works, even if Westminster has had its ups and downs.

Turly Humphreys is the founder of Circle Sports.

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social restauranteur

uk celebrity chefs have been doing their bit - eg jamie oliver's Fifteen (americans really should search out oliver's reality tv program which exposed how many invested interests exist in the la public school system to serve junk food and diabetes ) 

DC's central kitchen is a franchsie worth studying how to open source 

DC Central Kitchen

Alexa Traffic Rank for http://www.dccentralkitchen.org/: 1,892,075www.dccentralkitchen.org/
DC Central Kitchen is America's leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary ... 4 Reasons We're Not A Soup Kitchen.. Rumor has it that it will follow up in LA whatJamie demonstrated urgent need for

Glasgow's office supplies "Wildhearts" retail and wholesaler is a most purposeful franchise with lts of replication potential 

WildHearts In Action

www.wildheartsinaction.org/
Wild Hearts in Action
An office supplies company that gives all its profits to help the poor. Includes details of products and on-line ordering.

PLAN- year to year student recycling of furniture recycling -won the muhammad yunus new hampshire all-state competition- and could be replicated in almost any university town

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