Small businesses not only create jobs, but also can develop and deliver solutions to help us get to net zero faster. ANDE’s vision is where small and growing businesses are fully supported to optimize their role in mitigation efforts, local adaptation, and support a just economic transition.
Guest post by ANDE member Enviu. No matter how bold our impact goals, if they can’t be measured, we’re building in the dark.
Thanks to our wonderful ANDE members, this year's conference agenda was purposefully created around the conference theme: Connect, Learn, and Inspire. We enjoyed 6 workshops, 13 showcases, 2 entrepreneur journeys sessions, 12 topics for café conversations, numerous speed networking sessions, and 26 booths at the first-ever ANDE Expo.
As part of The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Guatemala Entrepreneurship and Development Innovation initiative, companies and private sector partners have committed $31 million to support entrepreneurs and businesses that can increase access to renewable energy and improve agriculture, water and sanitation, health, and education.
USAID will provide an additional $7.5 million in funding to the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs towork with its dozens of member incubators, accelerators, and financial institutions in the region to provide direct support and capital to farmers, entrepreneurs and business owners.
Villgro was founded in 2001 by Paul Basil, with a mission to create impactful, innovative and successful social enterprises. Core to their work is the belief that market based models are a powerful way to solve social problems and create impact at scale. By capacitating these models with the right resources and knowledge, they are a sustainable way of creating lasting social impact.
The fund will allow three organizations to test models to increase investment into women-led small and growing businesses in western, southern, and eastern Africa.