Fancy a tour through old gang territory topped off with a Mojito? Great model rehabilitates ex-gang members in Panama, with opportunities for employment or entrepreneurship. CLICK HERE TO SEE ORIGINAL ARTICLE
This online store selling women’s Muslim fashion not only donates profit to help empower local orphans, but has also taken some under its wing to coach in starting their own business. CLICK HERE TO SEE ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Gaza is under siege. As a result, it now has the highest unemployment population in the world. With its infrastructure in tatters from Israeli bombardment, it’s an unlikely place to see a technology accelerator. But maybe that’s what’s needed to give some economic hope. CLICK HERE TO SEE ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Company that allows retina examination using iPhones scoops Best Startup for Social Impact. “The company says it aims to prevent blindness in regions where better eyesight care is needed, with 80% of visual impairment issues and blindness preventable and 90% occurring in developing or low income areas.” CLICK HERE TO SEE ORIGINAL ARTICLE
KA Imaging has developed a digital X-ray imager that is inexpensive (low infrastructure cost, minimal specialised staff) and can be used in mobile clinics. Trials coming in Zambia. CLICK HERE TO SEE ORIGINAL ARTICLE
This sustainable business startup by Amazon indigenous group not only provides local income, but also looks out for illegal mining activity. CLICK HERE TO SEE ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Magnificent. Totohealth starts its SMS diagnostics while women are still pregnant, and carries on through the first few years of a child’s life. It doesn’t replace a doctor, clearly, but is a heck of a lot more than nothing at all as is often the case in rural Kenya where they operate. Not a charity, but a company which sells its service to parents, they typify what it can mean to do good while building a sustainable business. See more here.
Flutter is an interesting charity. It matchmakes between companies and local charities, allowing the companies to donate experiences as fundraising prizes for the charities. Interesting and simple model to allow companies to give more than a cash donation. See more here.
Amazing idea. Waste mountains are a growing issue in many developing countries. Reflow, a Dutch company, has created a process to turn plastic waste into ethical filament for 3D printing. Place this in, say, Tanzania where shanty towns spring up around waste with poorly paid waste pickers, and a virtuous cycle is created where pickers are better paid to find plastic that can be recycled into ethical filament, the waste mountains reduce, demand for imported material for filament goes down, and local…
Starting with Ecaudor, Project Latitude is sourcing sustainable local materials, employing local staff, and sending all sale proceeds back to the local community that inspired the products to build a local workshop. What a neat model! See more here.