Direct engagement, fostering and enabling Social Entrepreneurs, achieving social and environmental as well as financial sustainability - this is the basic idea behind our initiatives and projects - below you find more information about selected initiatives and projects of the Eos Entrepreneur Foundation
The larger the value that can be created locally, the more resilient their ecosystem becomes. For instance, social entrepreneurs are supported to professionally implement post-harvest processing practices of cocoa beans, including using cocoa beans in pulp in freshly cut pods, in their community in specially established central collection, processing, control and distribution centres. At the same time, when establishing an additional centre, it is managed as a profitable organization. An appropriate infrastructure is essential for the centres. Thus, in addition to fermentation boxes and drying facilities, loyalty with the smallholder farmers, including technical assistance and paying fair cocoa prices, is certainly important, as is the support of accounting and commercialization at the centre level in a broader sense.
Local coaches advise and accompany the social entrepreneurs of the central collection, processing, control, and distribution centres. For quite some time now, the centres and their leads have been supported by our local specialist in commercialization and in this context, we have now also brought in an accounting specialist for the implementation of an accounting solution for the centres. Over the coming months, training will be offered to each team of leaders in the use and improvement of commercialization thanks to moving to digital tools with appropriate software. The aim is also to process payments electronically as soon as possible, primarily to have clarity about every peso in the accounts, not least for the safety of all involved.
Engineer Alfonso, technical specialist of Fedecacao, explains in the video to the cocoa farmers of the community how to trim the cocoa trees properly. He also demonstrates that it is essential to trim them as a prerequisite for high-quality cocoa beans and correspondingly healthy cocoa pods.
Fedecacao's technical specialist asks in the video one of the producers to pass around a cocoa bean sample to train about cocoa bean quality, specifically, about the taste, color and shape of the bean. At the same time, the engineer stresses the importance of good fermentation for the cocoa beans to develop a nice flavor. This process, followed by adequately drying the cocoa beans, is essentially, determines the quality and, therefore, the price obtained when selling the properly prepared product.
Coaching and advising of social entrepreneurs by local specialists in the ecosystem is a key success factor of our engagements.
Support, empower and promote cocoa cultivation in
and women along the value chain
Women working on equal footing together with others and taking up leadership roles in the ecosystem
Eos Entrepreneur Foundation supports social entrepreneurs who pursue sustainable community benefit initiatives, transfer knowledge, promote prevention, and establishing networks of common interest. Typical initiatives involve basic services that are missing or not continuously provided in underserved communities.
Specifically, the foundation works with local coaches and partners in underserved zones where social entrepreneurs are identified, evaluated, trained and benefit from coaching over a longer period of time in order to support entrepreneurial sustainability on the one hand, and to promote and to accompany the development of basic services for beneficiaries on the other hand. These beneficiaries benefit from locally or regionally offered basic services and do not have to travel for hours to get access to such services.
This project aims to raise awareness of the circular economy in society and to highlight the sustainability of circular economy in the biological and technical cycles. This focus evolved, because we experienced over the last 10 years in coaching social entrepreneurial initiatives that one of the challenges of such initiatives is that society as a whole remains stuck in its behavior focussed on traditional glass, paper and PET recycling, i.e., using or supporting only one of many levers or strategic options to pursue a circular economy. In addition to awareness-raising activities such as holding exhibitions and lectures on the circular economy, which are co-sponsored by local initiators, the Foundation continues to support and empower social entrepreneurial initiatives, especially in the development of innovative solutions to achieve a positive social and environmental impact, such as striving for sustainable cultivation and production methods and promoting changes in consumer behavior. This is also an important contribution to the UN Agenda 2030.
Strengthen the awareness of the circular economy
Planning and conducting an exhibition coupled with complementary lectures helps to contribute to raising awareness about the topic of the circular economy.
Please contact us, if you have an idea and want to support the topic in your region
By pursuing an initiative that makes a positive impact towards a more sustainable society, you and your team are evolving as a social entrepreneur and contributing towards the circular economy.
Are you interested in a self-assessment to better understand how to further develop your initiative and to scale the social and environmental impact?
With the Eos ECIS Self-Assessment you can conduct an in-depth analysis of your initiative and get in touch with the foundation regarding further steps like coaching.