Community Enterprise

Community Enterprise

Lilongwe, MalawiNew York, United States
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

goods for good is a nonprofit organization that builds business to support orphaned and vulnerable children. By collaborating with communities in Malawi, GFG develops income-generating enterprises to support the community’s orphan services.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The African continent is facing an orphan crisis. There are over one million orphans in Malawi and millions more vulnerable children. The majority of the Malawian population lives on less than $ 0.32 a day. Poverty hits these children the hardest and threatens their most basic rights to survival, education and protection from harm. Research proves that the most effective solution to this crisis is through support for community-based interventions. goods for good’s Community Enterprise Program provides communities with scalable and sustainable resources, so they can care for orphaned and vulnerable children in the long run.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

goods for good addressing this problem by collaborating with community-based organizations (CBOs) to care for Malawi’s orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC). CBOs are locally founded and run organizations that provide essential services to the community including feeding programs, material support to needy households and management of nursery schools. While CBOs provide the most sustainable and culturally appropriate care for OVC they are severely under resourced. Our innovative model of building businesses at CBOs empowers communities to provide sustainable services to OVC with their own income. These businesses, known as community enterprises, generate sustainable income for OVC programming today, tomorrow and beyond. Like microenterprises, these businesses usually operate with less than ten people, can be started with less than $35,000 of seed capital and are vital to improving the quality of life. Their defining element is that they are built and managed by the community.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

GFG’s community enterprise model is a three-year program that starts with as a single investment in a CBO, providing them with the start-up capital and technical training necessary to launch a business. goods for good then monitors the venture for three years, providing capacity-building where needed. At the end of three years the businesses will be solvent enough to stand on their own. All businesses are launched with a thorough business plan and budget. Additional investments for increasing a business’s sophistication or seeding complementary businesses are considered separate ventures. Today, one of the communities the Community Enterprise Program is making a difference in is Mchezi. This summer GFG launched a poultry business at the Mchezi CBO. The business is managed by members of the CBO’s board of directors. The same directors who make decisions that affect OVC’s lives are the ones who are the executive managers of these businesses. Mchezi has secured significant contracts from private enterprises and is well on its way to generating sustainable income to support their OVC.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

MicroEnterprise Africa, One Acre Fund and OSA. While there are other programs in Malawi supporting OVC through community interventions, what sets GFG apart is our relationships with our partners, which are substantive and tailored to their level and need. We pride ourselves not just on the financial success of our enterprises but on the number of years the business is sustained, the number of OVC impacted and the overall effect on the quality of the CBO’s programming. GFG believes in partnerships and does not see other players as challenges. GFG is building a community enterprise in partnership with JHA.
Team

Founding Story

This year as GFG listened to our partners’ future plans we began to see a clear interest and initiative in generating and managing their own resources. The local leaders at the CBOs we work with said they wanted sustainable ways to support their own orphan care services and di not want to be forever dependent on handouts. With these finding, GFG is at an inflection point. We have decided to take the lessons learned and use them to pivot in a direction that focuses on building the capacity of CBO to generate and sustain their own resources. By doing so, GFG will be able to better the lives of OVC in a way that can continue after our direct engagement with a community ends.
About You
Organization:
goods for good
About You
First Name

Melissa

Last Name

Kushner

About Your Organization
Organization Name

goods for good

Organization Country

, NY, New York

Country where this project is creating social impact

, LLG, Lilongwe

Age of Innovator

18-34

Gender of Innovator

Female

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Social Impact
What solution(s) does your initiative address to help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities? (select all applicable)

Access to financing, Access to talent, Access to supply chains, Access to technology, Access to economic opportunity.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Since 2006 GFG molded its programs to fill the resource gap for OVC by providing material support and capacity building to CBOs. During the last six years, GFG has successfully provided basic material support to OVC and their caregivers. This material support has improved child and staff school attendance by 19-30%, performance by 96%, and motivation by 100%.

Over the last year, goods for good has taken a close look at our past successes and our future opportunities. Through extensive program analysis GFG has concluded that while our material support program effectively meets the immediate needs of our beneficiaries it does not successfully build the capacity of our partner CBOs to independently and sustainably care for OVC. The Community Enterprise Program will sustainable support OVC and already has. To date the Mchezi poultry business has finished construction and secured contracts to enter the marketplace.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

Within the next year, GFG plans to create six more community enterprises in Malawi, impacting the lives of 70,000 OVC. Within the next three years goods for good plans to scale the Community Enterprise to two additional countries in Africa.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Access to sources of water can hinder our agriculture community Enterprises and access to the national power grid can hinder success of our poultry community enterprises. To overcome these obstacles, GFG is looking into drilling water bore holes with partners and utilizing solar power energy sources for poultry pens.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

GFG will have three successful community enterprises in operation

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Secure contracts in the market place for additional poultry businesses

Task 2

Identify the economic viability of chillies verses paprika

Task 3

Secure the funding for 3 additional capital campaigns

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

GFG will have six successful community enterprises in operation

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

solidify the cash flow of the poultry and agriculture enterprises

Task 2

implement tailoring coop

Task 3

Secure the funding for 3 more capital campaigns

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

We currently work with seven central CBOs and their 182 satellite centers. Additionally we work with other NGOs working in Malawi. goods for good is piloting a agriculture community enterprise utilizing drip irrigation provided by Jewish Heart for Africa.

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Comments

What small business do you see next for the communities in Malawi?