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by Andrea Williams
Since the beginning of the recession entrepreneurism has been on the rise as more and more people tire of endless job searches that yield few results, and others grow weary of work that fails to provide any real personal or financial satisfaction.
But not all entrepreneurs are equal, and there’s a new crop of business leaders on the scene. For them, money isn’t enough – they want to make a difference.
Jason Panda’s road to social entrepreneurism began with a conversation with his mother. Having seen how drugs decimated inner cities in the 70s and 80s, she dedicated her career to working with recovering addicts in the Boston area. They began discussing the issues currently plaguing urban communities and Panda, immediately thinking of the disproportionate rates of HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), felt his own call to action.
Panda connected with friends and former Morehouse classmates Elkhair Balla and Ashanti Johnson, and b Condoms was born.
“What came out of the conversation [between Jason and his mother] was really a sense of shock and awe that none of the condom companies – which [offer] the only preventative measure for HIV, AIDS and STIs – were playing an active role in urban communities at all,” said Balla.
And that is exactly the niche that b Condoms aims to fill. With the belief that luxury brands attract more consumers – especially urban consumers – Balla and company have embraced a marketing campaign that positions b Condoms as the Hot, chic and high-end prophylactic.
“If we have people thinking that it’s a hot condom, which then in turn makes them use the condom, which in turn makes them want to carry the condom, then we’ve achieved our goal,” Balla explained.
Luckily for consumers, particularly those in the low-income communities hit hardest by HIV/AIDS, the high-end strategy doesn’t mean higher prices. b Condoms are comparable in price to Durex, Trojan and other popular brands.