We Help Early-Stage Social Enterprises Strengthen their Business Models

Meet Our GSBI Online Spring 2014 Social Entrepreneurs



Emerging Cooking Solutions


Emerging Cooking Solutions manufactures and sells cooking pellets made from rice, wheat husks, straw, peanut-shells, saw-dust or maize stoves to replace wood in cooking stoves. The product provides solutions for home cooking stoves and large scale industrial cooking facilities. Use of the product decreases Co2 emissions, prevent deforestation, decrease health risks and save people money on cooking fuel.

International Research & Development Africa Ltd


IRDA produces and markets clean, zero carbon monoxide and smoke emissions cookstoves that are fueled by a biofuel produced from the stalk/stover of hybrid sorghum that is farmed by local communities for food,fodder and fuel feedstock. Adapting the clean cooking solution prevents household air pollution, related illnesses and fatalities,creates jobs,increases food security,mitigates climate change and environmental degradation.


Jacaranda Health


Jacaranda Health is building a network of private maternity clinics in resource-poor settings. They are innovating in areas such as mobile technology, and electronic medical record keeping to provide patient-centered care that combines quality and affordability.



Jibu functions as both a franchisor and bank to equip co-invested entrepreneurs to launch successful safe water businesses. This innovative approach, which provides seed-financing for turn-key franchises, is showing great promise of raising up a honeycomb network of organically profitable drinking water businesses to serve the thirsty urban poor quickly.




Learnifi is a Social E-Commerce platform. It's primary function is to sell parts of textbooks to Indian university students. The platform doubles as a learning social network in which students can discuss questions and get tutoring.

Limyè Pa w


Limyè Pa w ("Your Light" in Haitian Creole) converts agricultural waste into carbon neutral electricity using innovative gasification technology. They then sell this in off-grid rural farming communities through their own distribution system.


South Vihar Welfare Society for Tribal


South Vihar Welfare Society for Tribal (SVWST) runs programs that provide entrepreneurship/cooperative opportunities for victims of human trafficking. They also run preventative programs to prevent the human trafficking of women and young girls from a high trafficking region.

Takamoto Biogas


Takamoto Biogas has developed a first of its kind Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) Biogas technology bringing biogas to the millions who need an affordable, sustainable, and clean energy solution. Rural farmers pay a small installation fee for a biogas system after which they only pay for the biogas as they use it by mobile money through Takamoto's proprietary smart meter while Takamoto experts maintain the biogas system for life.

Estufa Dona dora

Tecnología Ecológica de Occidente S.A.


Estufa Doña Dora manufactures, distributes and installs safe, clean, and efficient wood-fired cooking stoves that utilize a rocket type high-efficiency combustion chamber. This cookstove helps Guatemalan families save money, time, and trees, while improving health and safety in the home.

Wana Energy Solutions


WANA Solutions is a Uganda-based business founded to fill the existing gap of supplying clean and thermally efficient energy in rural and peri-urban markets by distributing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to low income Ugandans as a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative cooking fuel source to charcoal and kerosene.

Wana ES

Water for Good


Water for Good is an organization which drills, maintains and services hand pumps in the increasingly violent region in the Central African Republic. Currently in CAR, it is estimated that 60% of hand pumps are not functional. Water for Good seeks to remedy this problem by setting up a program that in which communities cover their own hand pump maintenance. Additionally, Water for Good is collecting water pump maintenance data through a tablet based program to increase the quality and efficiency of program service.



We Farm runs a platform in which members can ask questions and share farming tips and advice by sending a simple, local SMS message. WeFarm uses the Internet, and a unique peer translation system to share farming knowledge by SMS with other WeFarm members around the world over the Internet.

WeFarm Peru
Wisdom Stoves

Wisdom Stoves


Wisdom Stoves is committed to providing the people of Kenya with improved indoor air quality, financial stability and an improved quality of life through the manufacturing and  distribution of wood gasification cook stoves.



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