Social entrepreneurship in Trujillo, Peru: The case of Nisolo

Joseph H. Holland, William Hatcher, V. Brooks Poole

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This exploratory research examines Nisolo, a social entrepreneurship enterprise based in Trujillo, Peru, where currently its production facility seeks to hire local workers and build the surrounding community. Nisolo produces high-end shoes and tries to distribute its profits to the community of Trujillo. Using a case-study approach, our research intent is to develop a better understanding of this social entrepreneurship enterprise regarding social impact. The research uses a variety of data collection tools, including participatory observation, interviews, and a systematic review of sources consisting of private emails, photographs, videos, and newspaper articles. The findings indicate that Nisolo’s social impact mission positively impacts nearly 400 individuals in the local community. By providing consistent employment, fair wages, health care, livelihood training, and a savings and salary advance program, Nisolo is not only focusing on driving social change, but on creating a sustainable model that highlights potential fashion industry changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)312-323
Number of pages12
JournalCommunity Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 27 2018


  • For-profit
  • Peru
  • social entrepreneurship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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