Moringa Madres

“For our Project Pyramid trip, we went to Jalisco, Mexico. Compared to the other Project Pyramid groups, we were in a relatively close and somewhat familiar place. Close, since it was only 1,500 miles away as the crow flies, and familiar because it was fairly developed and had a large American and Canadian expat population. Nonetheless, there was rampant poverty in the area. Our project concentrated on the small town of San Juan Cosala.”

AYWA

“To get a better idea of what a successful essential oil business in Senegal looks like, we paid a visit to Bioessence, a local company specializing in products from the Baobab tree.  This visit gave us insight into the manufacture, marketing, and sales of essential oil.  Since Baobab is similar the Desert Date, many of the methods employed by Bioessence can be used by AYWA in this new venture.  All of us were impressed by the level of professionalism exhibited by Bioessence, and extremely optimistic about the market opportunities for the Desert Date project, both in Senegal and abroad.”

Un Mundo

“We spent our last day in Honduras in the city of La Ceiba, roughly 30 minutes from El Pital to identify potential market opportunities. We walked through the open-air marketplace where many Hondurans sold goods ranging from soccer jerseys to “I Love Honduras” t-shirts to fruits and other local produce. It was a noisy, bustling market with a range of customers. We also met with several local businesses, including a well-known souvenir store and coffee shop. Both meetings provided valuable insight into the types of products that sell well in the city, and what kinds of goods tourists look for to take home to their families.”

NutriPlus

“With the goal of buying local peanuts in mind, our team traveled to Guatemala City to meet the Mani+ team and see their operation. The people at NutriPlus are committed to their mission of reducing chronic childhood malnutrition, and their engagement makes NutriPlus an exciting company to partner with. Everyone we worked with was helpful, knowledgeable about their field, and motivated to develop a great product to combat a devastating problem.”

Wuku’ Kawoq

“In addition to long hours spent interviewing staff, we were able to see first-hand some of the projects WK is actively engaged in. On our first day, we broke into teams of three and went with two WK community health workers out to the rural homes of families participating in a nutrition program for 0-1 year-olds. We were able to sit in on prenatal visits, and some of our team went out into the rural communities with the WK team of midwives to meet with local providers. Seeing the impact WK has on local communities inspired us all to work for significant change.”

The Monkey Project

“Monday – We drove back out to Comas. In the morning, we sat in on an entrepreneurial/marketing class attended by several local women who own their own micro-businesses. We were very impressed by these women, their talent, dedication and efforts. We also got to sample the delicious treats of the women who own baking businesses.”

Team Hydrojet

“On the ground, the team toured CAMO and learned about the services provided to the community and throughout the region. The team also learned about INSA, the social enterprise arm of CAMO that generates income through the sale of medical equipment, such as crutches. Additionally, the team toured the CAMO warehouse, where donations from the US are stored and then distributed to hospitals and clinics throughout Honduras as needed. They met with the Chief Operating Officer at CAMO to update the cost analysis data the previous team compiled. The team was also able to complete a needs assessment for future implementation of Hydrojet within the CAMO model.”

GhScientific

“Our time in country was invaluable to achieving high-quality deliverables. While in Ghana we met with peer organizations, institutions, and held strategy sessions with co-founder Dr. Tom Tagoe. The strategy sessions centered on using the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas from Strategyzer to clearly layout the capacity and value proposition opportunities within the organization.”