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.
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.
EfD is supporting this scale up process by helping Jacaranda to become a regional hub for quality improvement in maternal and newborn health by exploring the option of replicating its systems in other private health facilities through management partnerships. See here for more information.
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.
- 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.
Population group: Opportunities should target improved livelihoods for smallholder farmers.
The funding window has now closed to new opportunities and the selected grantees will be announced shortly.
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.
EfD was delighted with the high standard of responses to our competition to identify social enterprise solutions for improving MNCH in sub-Saharan Africa.
Having reviewed all of the funding applications received, EfD has selected an overall winner and is working to initiate the project activities over the coming months.
We are also in the process of finalising our approach to selecting a number of other opportunities in the coming months. Details will be announced shortly.