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
Smallholder farmer cooperatives produce better cocoa quality and increase cocoa productivity in sustainable agroforestry; hence they aspire to have a better life and to take on immediate action against climate change as well as improve the livelihood of their communities
Specifically, the foundation is currently working with local coaches in the cocoa cooperatives, i.e., the social enterprises, on increasing quality through improved fermentation and drying processes, increasing output quantity by rejuvenating cocoa trees, following good agricultural practices, and setting up central cocoa collection and processing centers at cooperative level , pursuing organic/Fairtrade certification and getting access to market cocoa on the regional and international market
In the video above, our women on-site show their commitment, be it Yamileth as the women’s manager of the central collection and processing station; be it Angelica as a promising youngster, gifted to work with digital media and to support commercialization; be it through the great support of the engineer from Jamundí, Paula Eduardo, who actively supports, promotes and accompanies our women's projects in cocoa - together with our project lead in Colombia, Gloria Usuga.
Specifically, social entrepreneurs are supported by providing coaching over a longer period of time. Typically, it starts with the Eos ECIS Online Self-Assessment, an analysis of the social enterprise, and a dedicated validation of what the needs and priorities of the social enterprise is. It is important that the social entrepreneur maintains the personal responsibility in the decision-making process, be it in the development and growth phase of their social and ecological impact, be it for what and when they need coaching
Eos Entrepreneur Foundation supports social entrepreneurs who pursue sustainable initiatives for the benefit of the community, share knowledge with stakeholders, promote prevention and networking. Typical initiatives address basic services that are lacking or are not continuously offered in the underserved communities
Specifically, the foundation works with local coaches and partners in underserved zones, in which social entrepreneurs are identified, evaluated, trained and supported with long-term coaching, on the one hand to support the development of a sustainable enterprise and, on the other hand, to promote and accompany the development of basic services. The beneficiaries benefit from basic services offered locally or regionally and no longer have to accept hours of transport to gain access to such services.