I3 LATAM – Driving Impact Innovation in Latin America identifies the social entrepreneurs in Latin America with the most innovative business models and catalyzes their impact
Country: Chile, Argentina Sector: Healthcare
Entrepreneur: Xavier Urtubey Description: AccuHealth is a tele-monitoring company that offers a better quality of life to Chronic Disease patients by providing a portable kit that enables them to collect their own biometric data and subjective information. It allows to generate predictive insights that have drastically improved the life of 3,800 families but also reduced their health expenses to up to US$1,000 per year. More than a third of their patient are from the Base Of the Pyramid.
Country: Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador Sector: Education Entrepreneurs: George O’Kane, Juan Manuel Lopera Description: Aulas Amigas modernizes classrooms around Latin America bringing technology that improves education and trains more than 50,000 low and medium class teachers, which in turn impacts many more students by inspiring them to live and learn at their maximum.
Country: Colombia Sector: Healthcare Entrepreneur: Jorge García Description: Bive connects families with low and middle income with efficient, high quality and affordable health services for the diagnostis and appropriated treatment of preventable diseases. By solving the problem of access to qualified health services in Colombia, Bive has been able to benefit more than 16,000 low and middle income farmers (as well as many more non-farmers).
Country: Nicaragua Sector: Agriculture and fair trade Entrepreneurs: Ramsés Ortega Description: CAC Trading brings support and training to small producers from the Base Of the
Pyramid in Nicaragua. The company helps them to shift towards organic crop in a profitable way and connect them with attractive markets in the USA and Europe. The producers working with CAC Trading have improved their income by up to 400% in a 5-year period.
Country: Ecuador Sector: Education
Entrepreneur: Sebastián Nankervis Description: Cuestionarix helps more than 70,000 students with scarce resources in Ecuador get admitted into universities though an interactive, easy to use and accesible online preparation tool for admission exams. 80 % of Cuestionarix´s clients access universities with grades higher than those needed to apply.
Country: Guatemala Sector: Clean Energy Entrepreneur: David Evitt Description: Estufa Doña Dora helps Guatemalan families, which belong to the Base Of the Pyramid to save money, time, and trees with a modern, efficient, clean and safe firewood cook stove. Families using Estufa Doña Dora save 50% on their fuel use and contribute to the reduction of toxic smoke that is responsible for 5,000 deaths every year in Guatemala.
Country: Peru Sector: Agriculture and Fair Trade Entrepreneur: Marco Piñatelli Description: Inka Moss supports 15,000 people from Andean communities in Peru, living in extreme poverty and located above 3000 meters (9,800 ft.), to cultivate white moss, a demanded plant in Asian, European and American markets for its unique-qualities as a substrate for horticulture. It increases their income up to 35% in a sustainable way, increasing the value of the communal lands and avoiding deforestation.
Country: Guatemala Sector: Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs: Juan José Estrada, Juan Fermín Rodríguez Description: Kingo offers access to electricity to 17,500 Guatemalan families from the Base Of the Pyramid living outside the grid. Thanks to Kingo’s services, the families save up to 20 % on their energetic expenses.
Country: Mexico, Peru Sector: Financial Inclusion Entrepreneurs: Roberto Suárez Description: Focused on the Base of the Pyramid (BoP), Multibisne manages electronic wallets for mom-and-pop shops, enabling them to perform a variety of transactions through any mobile device (top-ups, bill payments, card services) and providing access to financial services like cash-in/out, credit and insurance. They have provided their service to 18,000 small shop owners leading to double the number of visits in these shops.
Country: Peru Sector: Renewable Energy Entrepreneur: Michael Callahan Description: PowerMundo improves the lives of more than 10,000 Peruvian families living in poverty, distributing sustainable solar products, and providing economic opportunities for the population.
Country: Mexico Sector: Social Housing
Entrepreneurs: Clemente Villegas, Antonio Díaz Description: Provive regenerates communities by renovating abandoned housing and fostering social participation. They have sold renovated houses to more than 3,000 low-income families, which benefits the entirety of the community. Due to this, the rate of housing abandonment has been reduced from 30% to 8% and the value of assets in the developments has increased by 30 % in the communities regenerated by Provive.
Partners of the Program
Institution dedicated to impulse strategically the economic development to improve the population’s life quality, outstanding by their work in Latin America, SDC is the promoter partner and initiative’s financer.
Is the principal global network of social entrepreneurs, since their creation 30 years ago, has invested in more than 3000 social entrepreneurs in 70 countries, with professional support and access to a global network – Ashoka accomplish the management and coordination of regional allies.
Global consulting firm which designs and implements strategies for hybrid models and innovating firms – Hystra is responsible for the entrepreneurs’ impact measurement and for the I3 LATAM program.
Leader platform that catalyzes the development of social and environmental entrepreneurships in Latin America, through acceleration, financing and promotion – NV advises the entrepreneurs and coordinates the program operation.