Social Entrepreneurship is Sweeping the Globe, Part II
The following blog post is a continuation of the post “Social Entrepreneurship is Sweeping the Globe,” Please visit that blog to learn more about social entrepreneurship, and how it’s impacted the world.
Triage Project was launched in 2015 as an effort to raise awareness around health literacy. In addition to the app, they have on-the-ground services. Since the start of the year, they’ve held numerous workshops, and they’ve trained eager volunteers, equipping them with knowledge on clinical practices and basic medicine. The co-founders also developed a data collection app, easing the process of medical information input. That app, which was launched in January, uses a color-coding system that demonstrates to volunteers how urgent a patient’s condition is. If patients are a ‘yellow flag’ or a ‘red flag’, they’ll be referred to the closest hospital. Consolidating and streamlining medical data through programs like Triage Project will help to modernize the nation’s medical system.
The Green Circle project in Nepal seeks to correct an issue that’s impacting individuals in countless developing nations, and that’s one of waste. The organization raises awareness around waste, and they use resources to recycle or upcycle waste. The Women Environment Preservation Committee (WEPCO) launched the waste paper management initiative fourteen years ago, but it was recently acquired by the Nepalese-based startup Blue Waste to Value. Based on a company’s membership level, the Green Circle team picks up paper waste and reuse and recycle it. After the paper waste is collected, it’s repurposed as covers to photo albums, paper bags, stationery, and other things. The company is developing a website, where they’ll sell products manufactured by local women who are trained and employed by the Green Circle.
The dry toilet has been used in Peru to deal with issues of sanitation in the slums of Lima. Isabel and Jessica Altenburger developed x-runner, a lasting sanitation solution for low-income community members. The dry toilet involves no flushing. Instead, the feces is collected from buckets on a weekly basis, and it’s then converted into compost. Residents pay a total of $13 each month for the subscription service. The startup has raised more than $1 million in funding, receiving grants from foundations and the government, and capital from angel investors. They also won prize money from Startup Peru after women a contest. They’ve recently decided to partner with Salesforce to expand their client base.
The women and men of Kenya are benefitting from Eneza Education, an edtech platform developed by Toni Maraviglia, a former teacher, and Kago Kagichiri, a tech guru. The two individuals understand that boosting women is the best way to stimulate the local economy. Inarguably, that begins with indiscriminate education; educating the public regardless of sex, race, age, or social status. Only this can fundamentally transform an economy. Eneza delivers pertinent educational material to students via the internet, SMS, and smartphones. The company partnered with several mobile network operators in order to ease the subscription process. As of March 2016, there are more than 800,000 active users. The Kenya-based company expects to expand to South Africa and Nigeria by the conclusion of 2017. So far, they’ve already received $890,000 in funding from impact and angel investors.
The new digital age has empowered social entrepreneurial efforts, effectively serving citizens of the world. Social issues need to be addressed, particularly in nations with high levels of poverty. Social enterprises look to be self-sustaining and money-making while targeting social problems. If you’re interested in social in social entrepreneurship, explore expert tips to excel in social entrepreneurship, which includes looking at alternate ways to execute your plans.
Originally published at raminkamfar.net on April 27, 2016.