Firelight is a unique philanthropic fund set up to support catalytic community- based organizations in Africa that are working to build smart, sustainable and scalable solutions to the challenges faced by children and youth. We partner with major foundations, family foundations and individual philanthropists to find, fund and strengthen local community organizations that are addressing significant gaps and opportunities for vulnerable children in Africa.
Proximity Designs is a not-for-profit social enterprise working to help reduce poverty for rural families in Myanmar (Burma). They design and market products and services that low-income farmers purchase and use to help increase their incomes. The organisation sells foot-powered irrigation pumps, water storage tanks, drip irrigation systems, solar lighting and farm advisory services. Proximity distributes its products and services through a network of private sector agro-dealers and independent village-level agents that reaches approximately 80 percent of Myanmar’s rural population.
dr.consulta provides high quality, low-cost specialty healthcare and diagnostic services to Brazil’s low to middle income population via a network of clinics that offer 30 specialty care services, diagnostics and laboratory services.
Viamo is a global social enterprise that specializes in mobile engagement and Information and Communication Technology for Development. We work in partnership with organizations to connect them and individuals through digital technology, in order for everyone to make better decisions. We envision a world where all people have access to the information they need to make decisions for healthy, prosperous lives, and have meaningful relationships with governments, civil society, and businesses.
Credit excludes the majority of the world’s poor. At myAgro, we’ve proven smallholder farmers can finance themselves if they have the right tool to save. myAgro’s Mobile Layaway helps farmers save little by little to buy seeds, fertilizer and training using what they already have – their mobile phone.
SolarNow sells high-quality, reliable solar home systems in Uganda and Kenya. With SolarNow’s PayPlan, selected clients can take advantage of 24 month credit terms. SolarNow works with a branch-network of 50 branches in Uganda and 16 branches in Kenya, all guaranteeing reliable after-sales services, including up to 20 years warranty on the PV modules. We transform the lives of East Africans by providing quality, sustainable energy solutions at affordable prices, through client focused, committed professionals.
The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation invests in a long-term legacy of greatness by inspiring and developing individuals will become high impact responsible entrepreneurs. The Foundation believes that such individuals are capable of shaping and transforming the future of the Southern African region as they will be driven to make a life-altering positive impact on the world around them. The Foundation therefore seeks to nurture and develop an entrepreneurial mindset in the most promising of Southern Africa’s youth through its Scholarship and Fellowship opportunities.
Kangu is a small organization with a big dream: that every woman survives her pregnancy and childbirth. The first crowdfunding platform for safe births, Kangu, makes it possible for anyone anywhere to fund $10 or more of a pregnant woman’s access to high-quality healthcare before, during and after childbirth. These services are proven to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by up to 90%, and are offered through our in-country medical partners at about $200 per woman, or 1% of the usual cost.
One Heart World-Wide (OHW) is a 501(c)(3) organization with over 15 years of experience implementing maternal and neonatal mortality prevention programs in areas where women often die alone at home giving birth. Our aim is to improve access to, and utilization of healthcare services to reduce the risk of maternal and neonatal mortality in the most remote, rural areas. We believe that all women and newborns can receive the quality healthcare services they deserve during pregnancy and childbirth, anytime and anyplace.
Clinicas del Azúcar are a chain of low-cost diabetes management clinics that provide accessible preventative and supportive care to the underserved Mexicans.
Oolu was founded in 2015 by Nilmi Senaratna and Dan Rosa, and incubated in Y Combinator. The company’s mission is to provide off-grid households with high quality products at an affordable price. For a low monthly fee, paid through mobile money, Oolu installs a pay-as-you-go solar kit that can power various in-home devices such as lights, phone chargers, radios, fans and televisions, and performs any necessary maintenance, including free battery replacements and system upgrades.
Esoko is a pioneering technology company powering Africa’s digital revolution. The company does this through the development of simple but powerful mobile and web-based tools and services that empower organizations seeking to provide critical services to the last mile. Our mission is to improve the revenues of Africa’s rural people and we hope to drive economic empowerment for Africa’s rural folks through digital and financial inclusion.
Medic Mobile combines decision support for doorstep care, prioritization for home visits and follow-ups, messaging, and actionable analytics for managers. The tools we build are free, open-source, and deployed at scale in the hardest-to-reach areas. Medic Mobile was created for people delivering care in hard-to-reach areas. The tools support multiple languages, run offline when needed, and sync data connectivity is available. They run on basic phones, smartphones, tablets, and computers, supporting people doing critical work in communities, health facilities, and management offices. We’re committed to developing open-source software, sharing learnings, and lowering barriers to reach for these tools.
Agora Partnerships empowers entrepreneurs to transform the world. Agora believes that entrepreneurship is fundamental to human progress. In order to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals – to challenge global inequality, fight extreme poverty, and protect our planet – we need to unlock entrepreneurial potential. Agora works with companies that are building a more inclusive and sustainable world.
Futurepump is on a mission to design, develop and manufacture robust solar irrigation products for small scale farmers. The SF2 solar irrigation pump is both robust and portable. It offers smallholder farmers a cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable alternative to costly and polluting petrol or diesel pumps.
The SaniTap provides the ‘hardware’ solution that’s been missing from the hygiene promotion projects. The product enables refugees or households without running water at home to turn knowledge about handwashing into actual behavior-change. This dramatically increases the health impact of WASH programs.
Juhudi Kilimo is a social enterprise and certified B-Corporation that provides asset financing and technical assistance to smallholder farmers and small-to-medium agro-businesses throughout Kenya. Juhudi operates exclusively in rural areas, giving smallholder farmers access to the tools they need to scale up and succeed.
GiftedMom is a leading mobile health solutions provider in Africa. We leverage last mile technologies to provide pregnant women and new mothers access to health information and strengthen linkages to antenatal care. Our Vision: A world free of maternal and infant deaths.
SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy. SEED supports innovative small-scale and locally driven entrepreneurs around the globe who integrate social and environmental benefits into their business model from the outset.