social enterprise

Reflections on Impact Evaluation

Last week, I joined nearly 100 of my monitoring and evaluation peers in Washington, DC to talk impact, measurement and data at the 2015 Metrics Conference hosted by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).

Tags: impact   impact evaluation   impact measurement   measuring impact         

In regions of the world where grid electricity is inaccessible, GreenLight Planet’s line of Sun King branded solar lights is becoming a household name. In simple terms, Greenlight Planet (GLP) makes really cool products designed for people living in poverty.

Tags: last mile      solar lights   solar tech   

In the field of development economics, the “last mile distribution challenge,” how to service the most geographically isolated corners of the world, is often portrayed as an amorphous concept that stumps social entrepreneurs around the world.

Tags: interns   last mile   Latin America   Nicaragua      solar light   solar technology   

For a young social enterprise, capital and the terms attached to it are the principal fuel for growth. Many start-ups see this as a catch-22.

Tags: accelerator   Central America   funding   Latin America      solar light   

In Part 2 of our GreenTech series, we discussed the various types of solar products that have emerged to provide lights and other appliances to families living off-grid. Given the impact and strong demand for these products, combined with affordable price points and financing options, why doesn’t every family living off-grid already have a solar panel on their roof?

Tags: debt financing   Guatemala   Haiti   Latin America   off-grid   Peru      solar energy   solar light   working capital   

3 Things Learned at SOCAP13

Last week I had the good fortune to attend SOCAP13, an event touted as the “intersection of money and meaning.” Over 1,800 people attended countless plenary sessions, panels, meetings, and receptions that facilitated idea exchanges on impact investing and social enterprise. Below are three of the major themes I took away from this year’s conference:

Tags: BLab   ImpactAssets   Seed Ventures Platform   SOCAP13      

As a fund development professional, my weeks are often filled with insular activities that lead to a rather intimate relationship with my keyboard and telephone. My day to day includes reviewing prospect lists, drafting investor reports, and setting up meetings with funders. Please don’t misunderstand me; these are all important aspects of my role at GP, but they often leave me wanting for face to face dialogue and discussion.

Tags: San Francisco   SOCAP            

While all of our partners are classified as social enterprises – mission-driven organizations which apply market-sustained strategies to achieve a social purpose – each employ different business models that catalyze the flow of essential goods and services to people living in poverty.

Tags: cooperatives   fair trade   Latin America      village bank