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Congratulations to all of the enterprises in this year's 2013 Fall GSBI Online Cohort!
The GSBI Online Fall 2013 cohort is supported in part by Applied Materials, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and Donor Circle for Africa of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Read below for a description of the social enterprises apart of this year's Fall 2013 Cohort and the social issues they are tackling worldwide.
AYZH Health and Livelihood Private Limited
Product/activity: AYZH designs, develops and distributes low-cost, high-quality maternal and newborn health products. Their flagship product is a $2 kit for clean births that helps resource-poor medical institutions to implement safe birth practices, and ultimately achieve critical health outcomes set by the global health community. Whenever possible AYZH products are made by women from the community for whom they are designed.
Green Bio Energy Ltd
Value proposition: Green Bio Energy is the producer of a new generation of clean, affordable and eco-friendly charcoal briquette. Goal is the development of additional local production capacities and know‐how through partnerships with universities, the private sector and civil‐society organizations. The value chain is all local: the production equipment has been designed and manufactured locally making it a Ugandan product for Ugandans.
Product/activity: Jiro-Ve Our delivers renewable energy based on solar charged lights to the rural population of Madagascar (approx. 70%) with no access to electricity. This is done through a range of franchise companies.
Value proposition: Kerosene or candles are frequently used energy sources in rural areas. Jiro-Ve replaces these with clean solar charged lights and delivers them to users' doorsteps for less than the cost of kerosene or candles. The delivery model is based on the involvement of local communities. Jiro-Ve rents out 1,000 lights a day through 10 carefully selected and trained franchisees that ensure all lights are charged during the day and distributed to their members.
Product/activity: MASCINCUENTAYDOS offers locally made products (handbags, purses, wallets, footwear, portfolios, clothing, and footwear) inspired by the fusion of Pre-Hispanic and Spanish culture. Products are made of leather, textiles, and reused materials. Each product has a unique technique and materials and is partially handmade.Value proposition: MASCINCUENTAYDOS is a holistic fair trade project that aims to establish self-sufficient artisan communities across Mexico. Thereby MASCINCUENTAYDOS creates a link between customers and local artisan communities.
Product/activity:MicroGraam is an online platform that enables social investors to lend funds to borrowers in rural India. MicroGraam partners with local NGOs and MFIs in rural areas to disburse funds and perform any necessary training programs.
Product/activity: MyRain is a wholesale distributer of agricultural technologies for small plot farmers in Tamil Nadu, India. It combines technology with education in order to lift agricultural communities out of poverty while reducing the ecological impact of cultivation. MyRain's strong focus on product education, availability, price, and service helps small plot farmers achieve long-term technology adoption, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability.
Second Home Early Child Care Network
Product/activity: Second Home Early Child Care Network provides services to child care providers that enable them to develop vibrant businesses, children & communities. Through its network (involving child development specialists, an online portal, and discounted rates for child care expenses) Second Home supports aspiring entrepreneurs in starting or maintaining home-based family child cares.
Value proposition: Second Home providers offer high-quality, intimate and stable learning environments that allow parents to work and feel confident that their children will be ready for school and life. Second Home is the only organization to support providers through the entire process of starting and maintaining home child cares. It serves home child care providers in two phases. In phase 1, Second Home partners with community-based organizations to increase awareness of home child care ownership. In phase 2, Second Home provides ongoing support to providers maintaining home child cares.
Product/activity:Silver Linings provides entrepreneurs with education, access to capital, and access to the necessary business services. Through entrepreneurial training programs Silver Linings enhances local communities by identifying problems of poverty, then providing services to support local entrepreneurs in executing solutions that are socially and economically sustainable.
Product/activity: SpellAfric Initiative'sMobile Vocabulary (mV) is a mobile education-based solution that is designed to help improve English vocabulary in Africa using mobile phone. They do so by sending word, meaning, and usage via text message to their subscriber base.
Product/activity: STAMP developed the Energy Conserving Stove (ECOS), a fuel-efficient biomass stove featuring an innovative built-in jacket that can be filled with 7 liters of water. This feature insulates the stove, making it both more energy efficient and allowing the user to simultaneously boil water whilst cooking. The stove is used with firewood and can be modified for the use of bio gas or bio fuel..
Product/activity: Tadreesna is an online learning community that links high school and undergraduate students in the Middle East with professionally experienced online facilitators. The emphasis is on tutoring students in the MENA region in an affordable way.
Twothirds Water Inc.
Product/activity: Twothirds Water'sTapp is an extremely simple and user-friendly household water filter for families in developing countries. This water filter is able to remove over 99.99% of bacteria, parasites, and dirt from drinking water. Tapp is so easy to use that anyone can produce safe water in minutes with no training or written instructions. It is well suited to the end-users' needs and preferences, and it connects to whatever water vessels the family normally uses (such as buckets, jerry cans, jugs or bottles), thus avoiding several major adoption barriers. The cleaning process is also extremely simple, taking about 10 seconds to flush away any trapped debris.
Value proposition:Vast numbers of families in developing countries do not have access to safe drinking water. This results in many people suffering from waterborne diseases and large amounts of money being spent on water treatment. Boiling is often the preferred treatment method as it is simpler than using other filtration systems. The problem with boiling is that it creates a substantial financial burden on a family as well as posing a number of health and safety risks. The Tapp filtration system requires no training or written instructions to use. It fits into the rural lifestyles and offers a significant improvement both in terms of cost and impact on health. It addresses the distribution challenge
Product/activity: UpEnergy has developed a distribution system to provideenergy-efficient products to rural Ugandans.UpEnergy makes its products accessible through direct sales by the UpEnergy sales team and by developing strong partnerships with local retailers, micro-entrepreneurs and micro-finance community organizations. UpEnergy is able to provide affordable products to low-income populations by leveraging micro-finance solutions. UpEnergy is the only player in Uganda to provide energy-efficient firewood stoves at scale.
Value proposition:UpEnergy works with technology manufacturers and local partners to deliver high quality products such as efficient cookstoves, and solar lights to underserved households at affordable prices. UpEnergy creates value for customer by providing products which are unique, aspirational, and provide for strong health and savings value propositions.
Veritas Social Empowerment, Inc.
Product/activity: Veritas Social Empowerment'svalue-chain brings significant cost reductions to the marketplace, as well as time efficiency and convenience. It introduces new systems of infrastructure, new ways of socializing, new meaning as to how time is spent, and new ways of living these possibilities among the poor.
Village Energy -Uganda) Limited
Product/activity:Village Energy develops, markets and sells integrated packages of solar products and services. It combines local product development and manufacturing with technical support in selecting (sizing) the product, financing strategies and post-sales support. Its array of energy solutions span from miniature solar lanterns, through solar home systems, to larger commercial, institutional and community systems, allowing it to support development in very different areas such as health and healthcare improvements, access to education and more generally economic development.
Value proposition: Village Energy provides integrated, local manufacturing, customer education, technical support and micro-credit in order to sell solar energy solutions for Ugandans. Village Energy pioneered the local assembly of micro-home solar systems designed or customized to address a broad range of needs. Its approach to renewable energy is to view solar products as the basis upon which previously non-existent services can be delivered in off-grid communities, shifting the focus from selling a solar product to delivering a technically and financially sustainable energy solution.