Promoting socially and environmentally sustainable social enterprise


We promote opportunities that generate major pro-poor benefits, in particular for smallholder farmers

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We support social enterprise models that improve access to good quality and affordable healthcare

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We identify opportunities to extend access to infrastructure services, including in electricity, water and sanitation

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We seek to utilise mobile and other technological advances to improve the livelihoods of people living in poverty

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ColaLife Case Study

EfD has released a new case study on ColaLife, an independent non-profit organisation focused on the distribution through participative approaches of health commodities, such as ORS, zinc, vitamin A, water purification methods, and other medicines or social products.

The case study provides an overview of the ColaLife, how the business has grown to date, and how it intends to scale up over the coming years.

Linkage Africa Case Study

EfD has prepared a case study documenting the lessons learned from Linkage’s pilot scheme. Linkage is a vegetable brokerage enterprise working with smallholder farmers in Nakuru, Kenya. The pilot scheme was implemented between July-December 2014.

Jacaranda Health Case Study

EfD has released a new case study on Jacaranda Health, a non-profit social enterprise focused on improving the quality of low cost maternal and newborn healthcare in Africa. Services are provided through maternity hospitals with 12 to 15 beds, equipped with a laboratory, pharmacy and the essential equipment needed for delivery and postnatal care.

The case study provides an overview of the Jacaranda Health business model, how the business has grown to date, and how it intends to scale up over the coming years.

Agriculture Thematic Funding Window

EfD recently launched a thematic funding window to identify and support social enterprises working in agriculture that require grant funding to initiate or scale up their operations. Some design features of the thematic funding window are provided below:

  • Sector: We are interested in opportunities involved in agriculture, with a particular emphasis on those opportunities that utilise technology to improve agricultural productivity.
  • Country focus: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
  • Population group: Opportunities should target improved livelihoods for smallholder farmers.

  • Size of grants to be provided: Grants are available through the funding window from a minimum value of $20,000 to a maximum value of $60,000.

The funding window has now closed to new opportunities and the selected grantees will be announced shortly.

LivelyHoods Case Study

EfD has released a new case study on LivelyHoods, a social enterprise that trains and employs unemployed youths to market and sell life-improving goods in Kenya’s hard-to-reach slum communities.

The case study provides an overview of the LivelyHoods business model, how the business intends to grow to date, and how it intends to scale up over the coming years.

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