Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
As an in-depth example, let us tell one person's story:
Gladys joined our Sanitary Towel pilot in 2013. The pilot was part-time to avoid potential negative impact on family income. As a widow Gladys struggled to financially support her 2 children. However since running her business Gladys has supplied over 1,000 women and girls with sanitary towels and used the profit to educate her children. Gladys markets the towels by teaching menstrual health in schools, educating over 2,000 children. When the enterprises evolved into one community cooperative Gladys gravitated into leadership. The business has employed 13 new single mothers, showing a dramatic change in confidence. This proves the scalability and empowerment potential of the model.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Gladys’s story is just one of 139 entrepreneurs, most of which are single parents, who have collectively impacted over 40,000 people, prevented 8 schools from closing down, converted over 40 tons of human waste, provided over 7,000 women with sanitary towels and kept over 7,000 children in education since 2013. These enterprises are also drive equality, create jobs for women and provide a safe menstrual management product.
This impact is solely from the pilot. By working with Gladys and the other entrepreneurs we have evolved the business models to build our licences and produce a greater, more measurable and sustainable impact. These licenses allow to create a global network of corporates, NGOs and communities to distribute our solutions and connect isolated communities together so learnings can be spread and new solutions can be quickly delivered to communities who need them.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
We are entering a social impact accelerator populated with experienced individuals to mentor, support and help to shape the scaling of our business. The Licences are carefully structured to ensure they are simple but long term effective. The concepts for scaling are simple, proven and robust, therefore the licensing strategy should enable relatively rapid expansion and be effective in adapting to local cultures, whilst retaining strong overall control of the quality and business direction. Starting in Kenya, our forecasted impact for 1, 3 and 5 years is 8,500, 191,000 and 932,000 lives.