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Our caffeinated host is Jonathan Lewis.  Besides brewing great conversations on camera, he is also the founder of a bunch of awesome social enterprises.

ixtapamexicoHe started the Opportunity Collaboration which is a yearly economic justice UNconference in Ixtapa, Mexico.  This strategic business retreat and networking summit for 350 senior level anti-poverty leaders from around the world.  If you can ever make it, apply to be a Delegate and mention that you watch Café Impact.

He also launched MCE Social Capital which leverages private capital to make tiny business loans to deeply impoverished people, mostly women, in developing countries.  A rarity in the non-profit world, MCE Social Capital is self-sufficient without donations or grants.  Right now, MCE Social Capital funds microloans in 30 nations on 5 continents with a loan portfolio of $40 million.

Shopkeeper Cereal & Grains3Jonathan teaches a popular social change course Making Social Entrepreneurship Happen at New York University.

Want to know our host?  Watch Jonathan Lewis talk about social entrepreneurship.  

Some of his other social enterprise activities are Dev Equity (social impact investment fund focused on Latin America) and Copia Global (consumer catalog for the base of the economic pyramid); Jonathan with Copia senior team pictured in a Copia partner store, Nairobi, Kenya).

Along the way, Jonathan has blogged at the Huffington Post, served as the founder/CEO of a global business knowledge company, Chief Budget Advisor to the President of the California State Senate, founder/owner of an urban real estate investment company and founder/owner of a contemporary art gallery.