Sustainable Health Entreprise

Market-based strategies to social and health problems

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About the project Edit

SHE - Sustainable Health Enterprises - is a social venture using market-based approaches to address social problems inNick Kristof recently recognized SHE in The New York Times as one of the world's most unique and meaningful organizations bridging business and traditional charity. Harvard Business School named SHE founder, Elizabeth Scharpf, its first Social Enterprise Fellow. President Clinton recognized SHE for its accomplishments at the Clinton Global Initiative. developing countries. According to research carried out by SHE, around 50 days of school or work are missed by girls and women who don't have access to sanitary pads, or can't afford them. Mud, bark and rags are often used instead of mass-produced pads; alternatives that are mostly ineffective, unhygienic and possibly dangerous, especially when combined with lack of clean water. SHE is a social enterprise set up to tackle these problems.

Its first franchise was launched in Rwanda earlier this year, and is operated by women who manufacture and distribute low-cost sanitary pads. The pads are made of locally-sourced raw materials such as banana fiber, which stimulates the local economy and keeps costs down. To help future ventures get off the ground, microfinance loans will be offered to women starting up new branches. Training in business skills, health and hygiene will also be available.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Nick Kristof recently recognized SHE in The New York Times as one of the world's most unique and meaningful organizations bridging business and traditional charity. Harvard Business School named SHE founder, Elizabeth Scharpf, its first Social Enterprise Fellow. President Clinton recognized SHE for its accomplishments at the Clinton Global Initiative.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

SHE is helping women start-up in East Africa to ensure that girls and women have access to opportunities for productive lives.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Convinced that donations aren't a long-term solution, SHE is applying market-based strategies to social and health problems. Using franchising makes sense: the model can be replicated wherever there's a need, meaning it can spread quickly and help more people faster, while allowing franchisees to become financially self-sufficient.

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