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Social enterprise

Social enterprises are businesses with primarily social objectives. They principally reinvest their surpluses in the business or community for these purposes. Unlike commercial businesses, they are not driven by the need to produce profit for shareholders and owners.

Social enterprises come in many shapes and sizes. They range from small community-owned village shops to large charities delivering public services, and from individual social entrepreneurs to national businesses.

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