Next Billion Series
- January 10- World's Largest Social Enterprise Directory, iuMAP, Gets a Makeover
In July, Ayllu released iuMAP (read why we built it here) in media partnership with NextBillion. Since then, it has grown by 50% and is easier to search. iuMAP now lists the majority of the world's social enterprises (450 enterprises in 65+ developing countries), and it has been visited by users in 133 countries!
- December 15- Milaap Bridges the Gap for Microfranchisors
Getting the finance right is key to implementing a successful microfranchise model. In fact, it's often about mitigating the risk of the microfranchisee. When an entrepreneur wants to sell a highly desirable product, a solar lamp for example, product acquisition can be tricky. First, the capital investment is expensive. Secondly, it involves risk; if the entrepreneur fails to sell her inventory, she's stuck with the liability. What's needed is a financing mechanism that reduces the risk borne by the already vulnerable entrepreneur. That's where an organization like Milaap comes in.
- November 30- The Next Level of Micro-credit: Distributor Finance
Financing distribution networks isn't exactly a sexy topic. Yet, distributors are a key part of any value chain, and without them, there would be no way for a product to reach a large number of customers. Many social enterprises focused on BoP customers use independent or franchised distributors that also are from poor communities and need financing to cover startup costs, such as equipment and initial inventory. Given the emphasis and urgency to scale solutions, finding workable ways to fund distribution systems is a critically important - but difficult - endeavor.
- August 26- Support for Microfranchising: Knowledge, Funding and Missing Links
Originally posted on Nextbillion.net This post is the final entry in a series introducing iuMAP, focused on microfranchising. There has been some great discussion of microfranchising recently (such as this SSIR article), and this series provides an...
- August 25- Investing in Microfranchising: What Should I Know?
Originally posted on Nextbillion.net This post is part of a series focused on microfranchising, a common way many social enterprises distribute their products. There has been some great discussion of microfranchising recently (such as this SSIR art...
Other Posts and Press
- January 12- Good Magazine features iuMAP Redesign
We were happy to see iuMAP's recent relaunch covered by GOOD, an online "community for the people, businesses, and NGOs moving the world forward."
Check it out here.
- iuMAP featured on Worldchanging.com
We are happy to have garnered mention on Worldchanging.com, which covers innovative solutions to the planet's problems. check it out here.
- Press: Axiom News Interviews Melissa
- Press: Axiom News Covers' iuMAP Launch
We are happy to have the iuMAP's launch featured on Axiom News. Check it out here!
- Survival of the Fittest: Why Young People want to Change the World
Anyone who assumes my generation is gravitating toward 'world changing activities' in droves because of youthful idealism, is out of touch with the consequences of inaction. I think Darwin would agree that my peers and I want to change the world because we want to survive in it, in the most fit way.