Agile social enterprises find expanded financial support from the COVID Response Alliance
The World Economic Forum launched the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs to bring together 60 leading organizations to amplify support for social entrepreneurs working to help vulnerable communities during the pandemic and beyond. Alliance members have been providing holistic support to more than 15,000 social entrepreneurs, reaching 1.5 billion people cumulatively in over 190 countries.
The US African Development Foundation is amplifying and expanding financial support for Social Entrepreneurs
One of the partners of the Alliance, The US African Development Foundation, has expanded support for social enterprises that have quickly pivoted operations to respond to the pandemic, like Afrikapu.
Afrikapu, first awarded a USAF grant in 2019, is a social enterprise that works with artisans to design and sell leather and textile products for domestic and international customers. When the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in their efforts to develop markets and systems to reach more artisans in rural and peri-urban areas, and informal settlements, the team was able to quickly pivot their efforts and continue supporting artisans in underprivileged communities by helping them make washable masks and gloves.
Despite needing to halt group trainings (vital for quality control and expansion), reduced options for shipping and finding raw materials and enormous challenges to global distribution partnerships, this small and growing venture was able to be agile in the face of adversity. USADF has increased its financial support to this enterprise to help it support local communities and contribute to their pandemic responses.