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Laila Iskandar - Community & Institutional Development

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Uploaded on Apr 10, 2008

Global X interviews Laila Iskandar, the chairperson of CID Consulting, a for-profit/non-profit hybrid organization based in Cairo, where she has worked with garbage collectors for the past 15 years.

Listen to her as she tells the moving story of a young woman who used to be a recycling girl, as they sat down in a Cairo restaurant while waiting for a visa to go to France and speak at UNESCO. The young woman told Laila Iskandar: "I know this place. When I was four, I used to collect garbage with my dad." Laila Iskandar adds: "I almost cried."

Her advice to fellow social entrepreneurs: "Challenge the definition of entrepreneurship and look at the well being of people around us. Social entrepreneurship is a transition phase. Examine the whole concept of business and profit: if it's not social, then it's bad business."

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