business call to action (bcta)

Georgian Microfinance Lender Brings Innovative Financial Services to Rural Areas

Microfinance loans and value chain services support smallholder farmers, women and entrepreneurship in Georgia
Press Release

TBILISI, Georgia, May 29, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Crystal, a leading Georgian microfinance lender, has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a pledge to provide access to finance – including loans and value chain services – to 30,000 new clients in rural areas of Georgia, as well as disperse 1,000 new loans for green/solar solutions and energy efficiency projects by 2020. As part of this commitment, Crystal will continue its record of fostering economic opportunity for farmers, women and micro entrepreneurs.

Boosting Farmers’ Income While Strengthening Climate Resilience in Colombia

Colombian family restaurant business lifts living standards for smallholder’s farmers while protecting the environment
Press Release

BOGOTA, Columbia, May 17, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Colombian restaurant chain Crepes & Waffles has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a pledge to sustainably improve the income of 100 smallholder farmers in the Montes de Maria region of Colombia by 2020. Additionally, Crepes & Waffles will regenerate large areas of the country’s dry forest by creating better conditions for water conservation, contributing to farm resilience and food security.
 

Harnessing Uganda’s Agricultural Potential to Improve Farmers’ Lives

Socially-focussed agribusiness improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers whilst strengthening Uganda’s agricultural value chain
Press Release

TORORO, Uganda, May 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ --  Divine Masters Ltd (DML), a Ugandan socially-focussed agribusiness enterprise, has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with the aim to incorporate 96,000 Ugandan farmers into its agricultural value chain, increasing their production yields, reduce post-harvest losses through climate adaptation practices, improve access to markets and increase household income by 10 percent by 2020. 

Bringing Healthcare to the Fingertips of Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers in Africa

GiftedMom uses mobile phones to provide health advice and eradicate avoidable maternal and infant deaths in Africa
Press Release

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon, May 11, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Mobile-health service GiftedMom has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a pledge to expand its operations in three new African countries and stop easily preventable maternal and infant deaths. The innovative healthcare provider connects medical professionals to pregnant women and nursing mothers on mobile phones across Cameroon as well as provide health information for its users via SMS, online articles and a smartphone application.

The Road of Change: Circular Economy in the Automotive Industry

by Norihiko Kondo, Founder of Kaiho Sangyo
Blog

To tell you the story of Kaiho Sangyo, I must first give you a short introduction to the circumstances in the very beginning. In 1969, before returning to Kanazawa, my beloved hometown in Japan, I worked at a dismantling company in Tokyo for three years. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Japan has been a world leader in the automobile industry and home to many renowned companies, like Toyota, Nissan and Honda. Business has long been booming for companies that deal with automobiles.

Professionalising African Motorcycle Taxis: From Vitamins to Painkillers

by Barrett Nash and Peter Kariuki, Co-Founders of SafeMotos
Blog

SafeMotos is proud to announce our new version of our smart phone application: what we believe to be the most localized piece of software ever built by an African startup. It’s been a rocky journey though, with many missteps along the way. Our hope is that we can pass on some of my lessons learned at SafeMotos to others so they can avoid some of our pitfalls.

Bringing Business Back Home: Biomass Energy of Sri Lanka

by Lucky Dissanayake, Founder of the Biomass Group
Blog

In 2006, my London-based publishing house, Dakini Books, published the critically acclaimed ‘Global Warning – The Last Chance for Change’, Paul Brown's fact-based book on climate change and its consequences for the planet and humanity. This book gave me phenomenal insight into what to expect in the next 20 years, and more importantly what we need to do if humanity is to even have a chance. 

How to Build an Inclusive Business

A Business Call to Action Blog Series | May 2018
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Read the inspiring stories of Lucky, Nash, Peter and Norihiko taking you on their inclusive business journey. Building an inclusive company from the group up can be a dauting task paved with obstacles but it certainly always ends up being the most rewarding one. Perseverance is key, but knowledge is the sine qua non condition for success. From navigating the investment world to co-creating business models with local communities, four business leaders who are members of the Business Call to Action accepted to share with us how they did it, with candidness and openness, read on.

Impact Measurement Impacting Lives: How Female Coffee Farmers in Kenya Are Improving Yields and Incomes With Data

by Vava Angwenyi, Founder & Chief Coffaholic Vava Coffee; Co-founder & Director Gente Del Futuro
Blog

I write this reeling from the recent surge in market visibility for women coffee farmers in Kenya’s Rift Valley. These women have been working tirelessly to improve coffee quality, increase volumes to record highs and diversify their revenue streams to include freshly-roasted packaged coffee.

Colombian Edgar Montenegro Wins International 2018 Oslo Business for Peace Award

Press Release

OSLO, Norway, March 20,2017 /3BL Media/ –  Edgar Montenegro, Founder and CEO of Corpocampo, is one of the 2018 winners of the Oslo Business for Peace award, Business for Peace announced today. The other winners are Lori Blaker, President and CEO of TTi Global, and Martin Naughton, Founder of Glen Dimplex Group. All three winners have made exceptional contributions to peacebuilding through business.
 

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