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Retailing Community Care

September 12th, 2014

By: Melissa Menke, Access Afya




Take a walk around the Access Afya Kisii Village Clinic and you see women laughing together, men meeting in the street to talk about sports, and hear children playing, running through the small lane-ways together. You see so many colours: fruit hanging at local kiosks, the corrugated iron of houses and shops painted an array of bright blues, Safaricom greens and Coca-Cola reds. The other side of this is a community with no access to government services (including clean water, plumbing, rubbish removal, and street lighting), minimal health services, informal schools, and high levels of crime and unemployment. Now you also see the Access Afya micro-clinic, a friendly staff member available in the street-facing pharmacy shop and people stopping by for a chat as they purchase reproductive health pills, condoms or cough syrup. The mannequin dressed as a doctor draws onlookers, and childrenäó»s giggles, but also builds trust in the community. Access Afya is a friendly, accessible health clinic, the same size as its client’s houses, mixing into the local environment. Just like the local vegetable man knows you like 3 sugars in your chai and your daughter likes soft bananas, Access Afya is a part of your routine. Outreaches include events after church and door-to-door information sharing. After you’ve seen a clinician they will call up to check on your progress. If your health issues aren’t resolved we offer complimentary follow-ups for the same issue. If you are referred to a local hospital you are still our patient. We care how your referral goes and ensure you understand your test results. Access Afya believes in improving health care for all. We run a healthy schools program, bringing health, sanitation and nutrition to local schools in the slum. Results from initial base-lining health checks of 100 students aged 3 – 8 showed 4 students were at school with pneumonia, over 25% were referred to the local clinic for more detailed health checks, including 11% with ringworm. While only anecdotal evidence so far we have seen energy levels improved, with previously withdrawn children coming out of their shell. This may be coincidence, or it may be due to the hand washing, health care, and nutrition interventions from Healthy Schools over the past month. That all sounds great, but what is a micro-clinic? Why does Access Afya think they can have an impact in informal settlements? Is there something wrong with hospitals and normal clinics? These are questions often posed to Access Afya. A recent article in Forbes has explored the area of McDonald’s style health care, and by this, we don’t mean offering fries with every visit. McDonaldäó»s have managed to franchise the burger and fries industry, ensuring across the globe if you visit a McDonald’s you get the same service, clean toilets, and the trademark “Would you like fries with that?”value add offering. In a health setting this would mean accessible, technology driven locations focusing on standardized clinical protocols and pricing, customer service, centralized supply chains, continual staff training, and community education. While Forbes discusses the business case for franchised clinics in USA: äóěThe holy grail is a replicable Golden Arches-style model that puts a branded urgent care shop on every corneräóńand thatäó»s what smart money has been chasing in a long list of deals over the last few years.äóť, Access Afya is exploring a similar model in Kenya. Health care in Kenya is often a last resort. Hospitals are full, far from informal settlements, staff are often under-qualified and medicines are at risk of being fake, out of date, or out of stock. Access Afya micro-clinics are situated where the customer base lives äóń in the informal settlements. They are around 15 ft x 15 ft, offering a consultation room, laboratory for common tests, pharmacy, health and hygiene shop, and waiting room. This means we can get a branded clinic on every block, just like Safaricom or CocaCola has done in this market. By using a retail style community model for healthcare we save our clients time but also enable earlier care conversations. The retail clinic model needed to be adapted to the local market. This meant investing in outreach and community education. Outreaches in the community include deworming drives, family planning education and nutrition interventions. If we can reach the community at the onset of illness and foster positive health changes, their costs are lowered and preventative care can keep them out of the hospitals. Access Afya runs two micro-clinics in informal settlements in Nairobi, and plans to be a chain of eight clinics by the end of 2015.



Effortless Energy offers free, no-hassle way to stop climate change, one home at a time

September 12th, 2014

By: Claire Tramm, Effortless Energy


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Effortless Energy offers free, easy home upgrades at no cost to customers. Our innovative efficiency-as-a-service model leverages software, advanced data analytics, and finance to make home energy efficiency the no-brainer it ought to be. After a visit from an Energy Expert, we pay for and upgrade things like thermostats, refrigerators, lighting, and furnaces to make them more efficient. Then, we share in the utility bill savings we create by charging customers per unit of energy saved at a rate lower than the cost of using energy. As a result, customers receive a more valuable, easier-to-control, more comfortable, quieter, healthier, and greener Effortless Home while saving money on their bills.

SOCAP14 Social Entrepreneurs

July 25th, 2014

Every year SOCAP supports the most promising entrepreneurs through scholarships, tailored programming such as our annual Impact Accelerator, and opportunities for enhanced visibility. This year SOCAP has partnered with Startgrid to offer an online mentoring platform for entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors prior, during, and after SOCAP14.

Take a look at a selection of the entrepreneur’s attending SOCAP14:

  • Rose Broome, United States, HandUp
  • Kathryn Finney, United States,
  • Shardul Sheth, India, AgroStar
  • Michael Yaw Agyei, Ghana, Man and Man Enterprise
  • Jackie Rotman, United States, Spark
  • Raymond Shih, Canada, Raymond Shih
  • Emmanuel Smadja, United States, MPOWER Financing
  • Glenn Andert, New Zealand, Read Me Stories
  • Katy Ashe, United States, Noora Health
  • Gaurav Mehta, India, Dharma Life
  • Alvaro Nunez, Mexico, Recicla Electronicos Mexico
  • Michael Oluwagbemi, Nigeria, Wennovation Hub
  • Haywood Hall, Mexico, PACE MD
  • Kory Russel, United States, Re.Source
  • Mina Shahid, Ghana, Kulemela Investments


[See all SOCAP14 Entrepreneurs]

SOCAP 14: Spread the Word

June 27th, 2014


Thank you for helping us spread the word for SOCAP 14!

General Information

Event: SOCAP ‘14: Igniting Vibrant Communities
Date: September 2nd-5th, 2014
Location: Fort Mason Center, San Francisco (map)


Tips for Promotion

The text suggested in the following messaging should serve as a guide, please feel free to tweak the language so that it feels natural for you. It would be great if you could include the following:

For all tweets: Please be sure to include our event hashtag, #SOCAP14. Our handle is @SOCAPmarkets

For Facebook: Please tag SOCAP in all Facebook postings using
“@Social Capital Markets” (start typing this and select SOCAP from the drop down menu)


Tweets to Use

  • Where do community, #socent, & investments converge? #SOCAP14. Follow @SOCAPmarkets for updates.
  • How can investing in #socent ignite your community? Join @SOCAPmarkets at #SOCAP14. Learn more at
  • Build your community with the tools it needs. Learn more about #socent & #ImpInv at #SOCAP14:
  • Invest in the future of your community. Join @socapmarkets at its annual conference, #SOCAP14 to learn more:
  • Get ready for another exciting #SOCAP14 with @socapmarkets! Register here: #socent

Facebook and LinkedIn Posts

How can you create a vibrant community? Learn how to succeed at SOCAP14, an annual conference dedicated increasing the flow of capital toward social good. Join #SOCAP14 at

SOCAP14 is right around the corner! Build your community with the tools it needs. Learn more about social entrepreneurship and how it can ignite your community at


September 17th, 2013
When’s the last time you saw something good online and thought “more people need to see this”? During and since #SOCAP13, SOCAP community members have been identifying good content – articles, videos, and ventures –  most worth “amplifying” to reach a broader audience online and accelerate awareness of the good economy.
Take a look at the 15 most amplified links:

How does it work?
SOCAP has funded up to $5,000 to amplify good content that matters most to you. Each time you amplify a link at, SOCAP pays $3 to help it reach a broader audience online. Amplify your good content until September 30th!