COMMUNITY FRIDGE: A CATALYTIC SOLUTION OF A WOMAN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG) TO END POVERTY AND HUNGER

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M.Dominic Jayakumar, Dr.B.Aiswarya

Abstract

Introduction: Exponential growth of wealth created by internet-driven technological innovation mark our present age. Ironically, the growing number of poor people points to the skewed development due to systemic injustice and inequity. Against the backdrop of food waste and hunger, this paper examines the social value creation of a community fridge, run by a woman social entrepreneur, in Chennai, India; analyses how it catalyzes sustainable development goals.


Methodology: Mixed methods were used to collect data. Personal interviews with the founder, a few staff, and beneficiaries were scheduled, conducted, recorded, transcribed, and analyzed. Secondary sources were such as journals, internet etc., were used.


Results and Discussion: 1.Our study illustrates the easily replicable solution to the global problem of poverty and hunger. 2. Community fridge drives behavioural change: from food wasters into food sharers 3. The study elucidates the catalytic role of the fridge to achieve sustainable development of goals (SDGs).  4. It highlights the social value creation: food saved worth  INR 1.80 crores (18 million rupees); 25 tons of toys, books, shoes, and clothes were distributed. 


Research Limitation/Implication: This original study, inspires everyone to become changemakers. Though criticized as band-solution, the community fridge is globally useful,  relevant, and doable.


The theory used: Effectuation/ Effectual reasoning based on Saras Sarsavathy (2001)  

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