creating business solutions for the grassroots social challenges

our why

We believe that a single solution or person can’t solve complex social problems. Instead, they require coordinated actions of talented, experienced and committed individuals in a value chain. It needs the implementation of an innovative model that is self sustaining and self perpetuating. The four pillars of our change theory are -
Go to innovation

innovation

We believe problems can’t be solved by a single solution. Instead, they require coordinated actions of talented and committed people ( the honey badgers) in the value chain, not unprofessional and inexperienced volunteers. Thats why we stared a grass roots entrepreneurship movement that is self-perpetuating.

expertise

Sonas was founded by two friends who met and got inspired by Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Mohammad Yunus who connected them to Samantha Morshed and many other mentors. Expertise of the mentors has paved the way for Sonas success to co-create personal empowerment and significant impact via entrepreneurship.

not a charity

Sonas is a social business co-creating with grassroots micro entrepreneurs for creating high quality hand crafted designer products with a purpose. 100% of our profits get reinvested into impact growth.Research shows that charity and aid is not sustainable, in fact one of the root causes of disempowerment that keeps people stuck in the poverty mindset for generations.

Go to one-2-one mentoring

one-2-one mentoring

Handing out money and freebees can be disempowering and even destructive. As Ernesto Sirolli siad, ” people need a family doctor of entrepreneurship who can sit down with them and discuss about their challenges and help find a solution”. That is why our chngemakers live at the frontline and are from the villages we are working in.

theory of change

CO-CREATION | CREATIVITY | SOCIAL INNOVATION
HOW

Sonas is a team of committed and experienced professionals who identify people with entrepreneurial talent in the rural areas, equip them with the tools and skills and connect them to the market. They then become the integral part of the village echo system that share their success with other community members to create a scalable and sustainable economic and social development in their communities. Our VISION 2022 is to have a community of 100 artisans entrepreneurs who create highest quality products for forward thinking ethical brands and consumers.

  • We immerse ourselves to learn about daily operational challenges entrepreneurs face.

  • We believe in the power of belief in each other's potential and the local leadership

  • We have team of experts help facilitate one-2- one mentorship to ensure suceess

  • Our successful entrepreneurs then become the catalyst of change. That is how it multiplies

our mentors and role models

We believe in the power of mentorship & co-creation as it has a tremendous ability to create a multiplier effect that is self perpetuating, mutually empowering and impactful.

Prof. Yunus

Mentor and Our Inspiration
Prof Yunus has been personal inspiration to us and his mentorship has given us the courage to step into the unknown and make choices that have long term sustainable impact. Sonas have been active member of Yunus & Youth since it was founded in 2013

Jessica Jackley

Our inspiration and mentor
Jessica is an entrepreneur, investor, and speaker. She is best known as a cofounder of Kiva, the world’s first p2p microlending website. Since its founding in October 2005 Kiva has facilitated over $1B in loans worldwide. Jessica has been our personal inspiration and a role model.

Samantha Morshed

Mentor and Role Model
Samantha Morshed is the founder of Pebblechild was awarded with the MBE in 2009 for her services to rural women in Bangladesh. She has been our personal mentor and her expertise have helped us to avoid pitfalls of social entrepreneurship and help us achieve our goals.

Claudia Harvey

Supporter & our Inspiration
An entrepreneur, business owner, writer and philanthropist. A strong believer that a dream starts with a choice to make small step in that direction. She is our personal mentor helping us to achieve our outset goals.

The Changemakers

Catalysts for change
Entrepreneurs who we work with everyday and have empowered everyone who they have come in contact with.through their happiness and commitment.

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