Title : Social innovation and SONO filter for drinking water

Authors : Jashim Uddin Ahmed, Wahida Shahan Tinne, Md. Al-Amin, and Maliha Rahanaz

Abstract : Purpose – Bangladesh is facing an alarming situation with the drinking water in its most areas, as groundwater used for drinking has been contaminated with naturally occurring inorganic arsenic. Many entrepreneurs along with the government are trying to cope up with this problem. SONO filter is one of them that is based on the social innovation concept. Social innovation is defined as innovative products/services motivated by the goal of meeting a social need, with the opportunity to create new social collaborations. This paper aims to examine the concepts of social innovation, which advocates enhancing values to society and the social benefit to all the stakeholders. Design/methodology/approach – This is an exploratory study and presents the evolution, the development of the social business model and its implementation. Abul Hussam initiated the social business concept through SONO filter that is commercialized through the Manob Sakti Unnayan Kendro. The study has been conducted entirely on the basis of documentary information and data available in the public domain. Findings – The findings show a hopeful contribution toward enhancing social benefits to society especially in arsenic-affected areas. SONO filter helps to mitigate the water-borne diseases and make people clean and safe, as well as healthy, by providing pure drinking water. Even by drinking pure water, people with arsenic- related diseases are getting better day by day through this social initiative. Originality/value – Business based on social innovation is a new and really a good working concept. It has faced many hurdles in its journey to meet social objectives. Many researchers, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, national planners and society leaders will surely be benefited by its solution. Keywords Entrepreneurs,Non-governmentalorganizations,Bangladesh,Waterfilter Paper type Research paper

Journal : Society and Business Review Volume : 13 Year : 2018 Issue : 1
Pages : 15-26 City : Edition : Editors :
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