Our mission is to leverage the power of social capital to promote healthcare, education and sustainable development in underserved communities with a particular focus on women and their families.
SoCCs (Social Capital Credits) is a breakthrough concept and an ambitious, innovative model of social development developed by Asia Initiatives to tackle endemic issue of poverty while simultaneously promoting the building of community spirit. It can be defined as a community currency for social good.Read More
Asia Initiatives at ECOSOC
Based upon our work over the years, Asia Initiatives has received special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This will enable us to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programs, funds and agencies in a number of ways.Read more about ECOSOC here
Asia Initiatives won the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge for Asia Region 2019 in the Financial Inclusion Category. Dr. Geeta Mehta presented SoCCs and SoCCs+ as tools to ensure financial security and stability for more people.Read More
Where We Are
India | Ghana | Kenya | United States of America | Costa Rica
What We Do
Empowering community members to become
We partnered with the Alice Visionary Foundation Project (AVFP) and WomenStrong International (WSI) for this impactful project. Here, waste management was completely transformed by implementing a systematic approach to collecting, recycling and disposing of waste through SoCCs.Read More
What thought leaders are saying about us
During my tenure as Secretary-General, I always worked to make women’s empowerment a top priority and I can see that Asia Initiatives is carrying on that legacy.
Your concept could unleash a transformative pathway away from the current unsustainable and demeaning social welfare hand-capital as an essential ingredient of sustainable and providing an instrument to implement and measure projects that enhance it and give communities the sense of power and accomplishment.
A system such as SoCCs is a catalyst to the formal economy. It is the precursor to eradicating poverty....it is building hope, self-reliance, self-confidence, spurring entrepreneurship and ultimately creating good citizens.
The Social Capital Credits program is a proven, powerful tool for advancing toward social justice by acknowledging the honest work of individuals and returning the fruits of that work both to these individuals and their communities.
A tribute to a good idea is how no one has thought about it before. SoCCs is the best idea I have heard since Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank umpteen years ago. You got yourself a tool. I urge you to pursue it.
It is just amazing to learn of your innovative work in Kumasi on SoCCs. This sounds absolutely wonderful, a real breakthrough.
SoCCs has the potential to be as transformative a concept as micro-credit.
Psychology studies indicate differences between people working for good/social causes versus just working to earn money. Who do we become when we work for social good and the impact that has on communities, versus who we become if we think only of ourselves, and of everything in terms of money?
SoCCs is indeed a glimpse into the future of social justice work!